Laver Cup 2019: Roger Federer battles past John Isner in cliff-hanger to rescue Team Europe from brink of defeat

Roger Federer saved Europe from defeat in the Laver Cup after beating John Isner in a tight match 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) that takes the tournament down to the final singles match.

Agence France-Presse September 22, 2019 23:40:54 IST
Laver Cup 2019: Roger Federer battles past John Isner in cliff-hanger to rescue Team Europe from brink of defeat
  • Team World lead 11-10 ahead of German Alexander Zverev's clash with Milos Raonic.

  • Taylor Fritz had earlier put Team World to within one win of capturing their first Laver Cup with a win over Dominic Thiem.

  • Team World came into the day 7-5 down but were boosted by Rafael Nadal's withdrawal with a hand injury.

Geneva: Roger Federer saved Europe from defeat in the Laver Cup after beating John Isner in a tight match 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) that takes the tournament down to the final singles match.

Federer had to win a tense tie-break over World No 20 Isner to take the three points, smashing an ace on the final point to raise the roof in Geneva after the American had somehow shot wide with the court at his mercy.

Laver Cup 2019 Roger Federer battles past John Isner in cliffhanger to rescue Team Europe from brink of defeat

Team Europe's Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Team World's John Isner at the Laver Cup. AP Photo

Team World lead 11-10 ahead of German Alexander Zverev's clash with Milos Raonic, a straight shootout for the tournament after Taylor Fritz had earlier put Team World to within one win of capturing their first Laver Cup with a 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 10-5 win over Dominic Thiem.

"I'm thrilled that I was able to give something back to the team," said Federer.

"Obviously to see Rafa on the sidelines after having to pull out with an injury, it's great camaraderie I feel."

Team World came into the day 7-5 down but were boosted by Rafael Nadal's withdrawal with a hand injury.

Fritz, himself a replacement for injured Nick Kyrgios, followed up on Isner and Jack Sock's 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 defeat of Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas with a surprise tie-break triumph over world number five Thiem.

"That was such a big match for Team World to win, we really needed that," said Fritz.

"This has to be one of the biggest wins of my career. It means so much more when you're playing for other people as well."

This year is the first time the tournament has been played since being added to the ATP Tour.

Europe won the 2018 edition 13-8 in Chicago.

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