Team Europe beat Team World for the fourth straight year in the Laver Cup with a resounding 14-1 margin. The tournament needs to acknowledge the gulf in quality to sustain.
Laver Cup 2021: Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev give Team Europe title with three matches still left
There were still three singles matches remaining, but Team Europe already had eclipsed the 13 points needed to win the Laver Cup.
Medvedev's win over Team World's Shapovalov earned two points and gave the Europeans a whopping 11-1 overall lead heading into Sunday's final matches at the Boston Garden arena. Team Europe need just two more points to be declared the winner.
Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud and Matteo Berrettini won their singles matches as Team Europe jumped to a 3-1 lead over Team World following the opening day of the fourth edition of the annual tennis showdown.
The Laver Cup, in its fourth edition, gets underway on Friday in its usual Team Europe vs Team World format.
Federer has missed the tournaments since Wimbledon including Tokyo Olympics, US Open and is out for rest of the season.
The tournament, inspired by golf's Ryder Cup, pits teams from Europe and the rest of the world against each other and was first held in 2017.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Fourth Laver Cup in Boston postponed to 2021, Roger Federer intent on participating
Laver Cup for 2020 has been postponed after the tennis calendar has been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Laver Cup organisers say the exhibition event will go ahead in September as planned despite Roland Garros moving to the same dates as the implications of the French Tennis Federation’s shock gambit began to reverberate on Wednesday.
US Open criticises unilateral changes to Grand Slam calendar after Roland Garros rejig, promises consultation over changes
The revised date of Roland Garros sees them begin a week after the final of the US Open and results in clashes with ATP tournaments in Metz, St. Petersburg, Chengdu, Sofia and Zhuhai as well as WTA events in Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo and Wuhan.
ATP Cup 2020: Novak Djokovic-led Serbia's feel-good run to glory puts the razzle-dazzle on tournament’s teething problems
In the final tie against Spain, Djokovic showed up for doubles duty too, partnering Victor Troicki to beat the experienced duo of Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta
'I prefer to be No 1 to No 2,' Rafael Nadal said on Sunday as he prepared to continue his rankings battle with Novak Djokovic in Paris this week and in the season-ending ATP Finals in London.
Laver Cup 2019: Alexander Zverev clinches thrilling victory over Milos Raonic as Europe retain title against Team World
Alexander Zverev sealed a dramatic Laver Cup victory for Europe over Team World in Geneva on Sunday, as the German beat Milos Raonic in the deciding singles match.
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.
Laver Cup 2019: Team Europe's Rafael Nadal withdraws due to hand injury; Dominic Thiem to replace him in singles
Rafael Nadal said: "I’ve had an amazing time playing here at the Laver Cup and I’m so disappointed I’m not able to play again today, but I have some inflammation in my hand and I need to rest."
Laver Cup 2019: More Fedal love, never-seen-before matchups primed at annual star-studded extravaganza
With ATP status accorded to the Laver Cup for this year, there is more than just money and popularity at stake now; the players can actually polish their CVs with a good performance at the event.
Roger Federer said that he would be open to Laver Cup moving to China for next edition, saying that he just wants the host city to be excited about the tournament
Laver Cup 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas set to make debut for Team Europe, Nick Kyrgios named in Team World
Tsitsipas and Kyrgios put on a show in the Citi Open in Washington earlier this month where the Australian outlasted the young Greek in an enthralling semi-final that was decided by a final set tiebreak
Roger Federer hails addition of Laver Cup to official ATP Calendar, calls tournament a 'true celebration of tennis'
The Laver Cup, inspired by golf's Ryder Cup, pits teams from Europe and the 'rest of the world' against each other and was first held in 2017
Benneteau offered Federer's matches at the last two Australian Opens as evidence, suggesting the Swiss star was granted his preference to play in the evening session to avoid the blistering Melbourne heat.