The Europeans, who won the previous three editions, thus got an almost perfect start in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup. Roger Federer, one of the initiators of the competition, watched from the stands. The Swiss is recovering from a third knee operation. His season is over. Next to him was legendary former tennis player Rod Laver, who lends his name to the tournament. In 1969, Laver was the last tennis player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in one calendar year.
Together they saw the Italian Matteo Berrettini (ATP 7) beat Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (ATP 11) after an exciting match (6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 10-8). The Russian Andrey Rublev (ATP 5) took it slightly easier (6-2 and 8-5) from the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (ATP 15). In the first match of the day, Norwegian Casper Ruud (ATP 10) had already beaten American Reilly Opelka (ATP 19) 6-3 and 7-6 (7/4).
The final double match was prey for the American-Canadian duo John Isner/Denis Shapovalov. They defeated the German Alexander Zverev and the Italian Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 7-6 (7/2) and 10-1. There are four games left on Saturday. Each win earns you two points.