Boston– Even without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the squad, the European team claimed their fourth consecutive Laver Cup win by beating the rest of the world 14-1 on Sunday.
Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Alexander Zverev and Russia’s Andrey Rublev gave Europe an elusive lead by defeating US Riley Opelka and Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-7 (4), 10-3 in the doubles tiebreak. Starts today on Sunday.
There are still three singles matches to play, but the European team has already overshadowed the 13 points needed to win the Laver Cup. A game win was worth one point on Friday, two on Saturday and three points on Sunday.
Team Europe won eight of their first nine matches in the three-day fair event, which was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The European team won the first three cups in 2017, 2018 and 2019 with Federer, but without Nadal or Djokovic.
He was joined by Zverev and Rublev from Russia, US Open champion Daniel Medvedev, and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached the Wimbledon final, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, and Norway’s Casper Ruud. All six are in the world’s top ten.
The rest of the world team included Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, American John Isner and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. Ali Al-Asim, seeded 11, was the highest-ranking player on the team.