Frances Tiafoe and Felix Auger-Aliassime came with memorable wins at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday as Team World ended Team Europe’s dominance in the Laver Cup. The two youngsters stepped up on the final day of Laver Cup 2022 as Team World won their maiden title in the 5th edition of the tournament.
It was a stunning result for Team World as they managed to beat a full-strength Europe side, which had all the members of the Big 4. While Laver Cup 2022 began with all the spotlight on Roger Federer’s farewell match, it ended with Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsistsipas putting on a scintillating show in London.
It was a stunning weekend for Frances Tiafoe, who played his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open earlier in September. Tiafoe joined hands with Jack Sock to beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the most-talked-about match of the tournament.
On Sunday, Tiafoe saved 4 match points against Stefanos Tsitsipas to clinch the decisive win for Team World against Team Europe.
He was outplayed in the first set but roared back to win 1-6 7-6(11) 10-8 to give Team World an unassailable 13-8 lead in the 3-day Laver Cup competition.
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NOVAK DJOKOVIC STUNNED
Team World, who had lost the four previous editions of the team event, began the day trailing 8-4 but Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime stunned Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6(3) having earlier partnered Jack Sock to a 2-6 6-3 10-8 victory against Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini.
Tsitsipas had the chance to take the match to a deciding singles, but Tiafoe was inspired in front of a raucous O2 Arena crowd who loved his showman antics.
After winning the match point he collapsed to the court and was buried under a pile of his teammates and captain John McEnroe who then treated the crowd to some dance moves.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Tiafoe, who reached the U.S. Open semi-final said on court. “John McEnroe dropped a lot of F bombs saying we can’t lose again. Felix beat Novak today and we all did it together, it wasn’t just me.”
McEnroe was clearly overjoyed to finally end a long wait to taste victory and get one over old rival Bjorn Borg who was captain of a Team Europe side who were big favourites.
“No one beats Team World five times in a row,” the American said. “Felix stepped up big time.
“Frances is prime time, we saw that at the U.S. Open.
“This is an incredible team event and I’m loving every second of it.”
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