Laver Cup 2018: Roger Federer, Team Europe Beat Team World to Win Title

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2018

Team Europe's Roger Federer celebrates a point during a men's singles tennis match against Team World's John Isner at the Laver Cup, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)
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Team Europe won the 2018 Laver Cup on Sunday at the United Center in Chicago, beating the World by a score of 13-8.

Europe held a 7-5 lead heading into Sunday's action, putting them two victories away from reaching the 13-point tally required for a win.

That leadwhich was at one point 7-1 on Saturdayquickly evaporated, however.

Team World won the day's opening doubles match through John Isner and Jack Sock, who beat Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev 4-6, 7-6 (2), [11-9].

The Team World pair not only battled from a set down to win the match, they were also 9-7 down in the match tiebreak.

After Isner kept them in the contest with a superb winner down the line—one of two match points they savedthey eventually took the match and the overall lead, sparking wild celebrations:

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What a match. @JackSock remains undefeated in Laver Cup doubles. #TeamWorld defeats #TeamEurope to take an 8-7 lead in #LaverCup Watch live now → https://t.co/tPoe44C26q https://t.co/F2wzUfuFU7

Isner and Federer returned for the following singles match, and the former had the chance to kill off the latter with three match points in the second-set tiebreak.

The American's failure to convert them would prove costly, and after wrapping up the second set, Federer then went on to win the match tiebreak, too:

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“I’m not sure i wanted it to be THAT exciting!” @RogerFederer beats #TeamWorld2018's John Isner 6-7(5) 7-6(6) [10-7] to put #TeamEurope2018 in the lead - 10 points to 8 - in Chicago. First to 13 points wins the #LaverCup https://t.co/mZucb7fGgX

It then all came down to Kevin Anderson to keep the hopes alive for the world team, but Zverev came through with a win that once again came down to the tiebreak.

Anderson won the first set thanks to four aces, but Zverev battled back and eventually came through with a 6-7 (3), 7-5, [10-7]. His final point was filled with emotion, not only for the German but for the entire European squad:

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Sascha Zverev clinches the 2018 #LaverCup title for #TeamEurope What an incredible weekend of tennis🎾 Watch Tennis Channel wrap up the #LaverCup now→ https://t.co/tPoe44C26q https://t.co/2ssBSHHoQk

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Stacked with tennis talent. #TeamEurope2018 #LaverCup https://t.co/XqLqXwYTub

The win was the second in a row for Europe in the Laver Cup in two years of existence, although the World team deserves a lot of credit for keeping things close against the more accomplished opponent.

With players like Federer and Novak Djokovic, the European squad was too tough to beat, especially when Zverev goes 2-0 in his singles matches.