Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic Lose Their 1st Doubles Match

Rex Christensen
September 22, 2018

The Serbian saw a forehand hit Federer, who was standing at the net, in the back during their clash against Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock.

This is the second installment of the Laver Cup, which has been dubbed the Ryder Cup of tennis although it lacks the tradition of golf's premier team event.

The exhibition is taking place on United States soil for the first time and features 12 of the world's top players squaring off against each other in a three-day showcase which wraps up Sunday in Chicago.

An impressive return victor from Sock sealed the set 10-6, giving captain John McEnroe some relief before day two where two points will be up for grabs. On Saturday, wins will be worth two points each instead of one.

The doubles game followed three singles matches earlier in the day - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov putting the first point on the board for Europe after beating Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-4. "It's a nice feeling and I think it's great for you guys to see that".

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Schwartzman had looked to threaten Europe's lead with a second-set comeback, and dug deep at 5-1 down in the last to level at 7-7, but Goffin remained calm on his first match point to cheers and hugs from his team-mates and captain Bjorn Borg.

All eyes were fixed on longtime rivals Federer and Djokovic as they took the court for the final match, combining forces to play together for the first time after Team Europe had swept the first three singles matches.

Team Europe took a commanding 3-1 lead over Team World in the Laver Cup on Friday, despite seeing their high-profile doubles pairing of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic suffer the defending champions' only defeat of the first day in Chicago on Friday.

Diego Schwartzman introduced John Isner to the Laver Cup stage as his "twin".

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