Novak Djokovic arrived in London on Tuesday, joining Roger Federer at the fifth edition of the Laver Cup. Novak and Roger met on the pitch at the O2 Arena, and the Serb is honored to compete on the same team at the latest tournament. of Roger’s career.
Federer will end his tennis journey on Friday, deciding to retire after three knee surgeries and a long fight to return and compete injury-free. Novak and Roger met in that memorable 2019 Wimbledon final, the last in Majors for the Swiss.
The Serb saved two match points and won in just under five hours. Two great rivals played their last match at the Australian Open 2020 as Novak cruised to victory in the semi-finals. Federer and Djokovic competed on the same side of the court during Novak’s previous visit to the Laver Cup in Chicago 2018.
The Swiss and the Serb took the opportunity to play their first and only doubles match on an opening day. They faced Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson and experienced a 6-7, 6-3, 10-6 loss in one hour and 35 minutes. Novak and Roger fought well, especially in the first set.
Still, it wasn’t enough to earn a win after losing ground on the return in the match’s tie break.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lost their first doubles match at Chicago 2018.
Anderson and Sock fell just 13 points behind their opening shot.
They kept the second serve safe and never got broken. Federer and Djokovic experienced a break in the second set and couldn’t find their rhythm in the decider. Both teams got off to a reliable start behind the initial shot, with Novak sending Team Europe 4-3 in front with an ace in game seven.
Sock and Anderson chased the score but had no trouble behind the opening shot, holding to 30 at 5-6 to enter a tie break. The Serb started with a volley winner and played another good one at 3-4. Anderson netted a routine forehand at 5-5, and Federer closed out the set with a volley winner in the next after 49 minutes.
Novak faced two break points in the second game of the second set and they rallied four points in a row to avoid the setback. Kevin hit a volley winner in game four before he and Jack broke Roger’s zero a few minutes later to build a 3-1 lead.
Anderson held with ease in the next one to confirm the lead, and Sock fired a booming serve in game seven for 5-2. Roger and Novak saved a set point on serve in game eight to prolong the action before Jack volleyed winner in the next for 6-3.
Djokovic secured the result at 4-4 in the match tie-break with a volley winner before the red team forged a 6-4 lead after Sock’s forehand winner. Roger cut the deficit to 7-5 with a volley winner, and he and Novak moved closer after taking the next point.
Anderson and Sock built an 8-6 lead and earned three match points after the South African’s game-winning shot into the net. Jack fired a big return winner at point 16 to seal the deal and start the celebration.