Taylor Fritz Attracts Group World Stage At Laver Cup | ATP Tour

Taylor Fritz delivered for Group World on Saturday on the Laver Cup, shifting previous Group Europe’s Cameron Norrie 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 to stage the competitors at 4-4.

Within the newest chapter of their rivalry, Fritz flew out of the blocks to storm forward. The World No. 12 stepped contained in the baseline to dictate the baseline exchanges, placing 11 winners in a formidable first-set efficiency. Norrie refused to go away, although, flattening out his forehand as he modified up the chess board to stage.

Nevertheless, Fritz wouldn’t be denied, edging a decent Match Tie-break to triumph after 89 minutes. 4 of the six matches on the Laver Cup have gone to a deciding set at this yr’s occasion.

The American now leads Norrie 6-5 of their ATP Head2Head collection, avenging his defeat in opposition to the Briton eventually week’s Davis Cup Finals. Fritz is making his second look on the three-day occasion, having gone 1-1 in 2019.

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Serbian Novak Djokovic, who has not performed since he gained Wimbledon in July, will do double responsibility this night for Group Europe. The 35-year-old will face American Frances Tiafoe in singles at 7 p.m. native time after which will workforce with Matteo Berrettini in doubles.

Earlier, Berrettini fired Group Europe in entrance in opposition to Group World, edging Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(11), 4-6, 10-7.

In a hard-fought battle, the Italian prompted injury together with his aggressive forehand, whereas he hit his backhand slice with nice depth to maintain the Canadian at bay. The World No. 15 saved one break level within the first set, earlier than elevating his stage on serve within the Match Tie-break to seal his victory after two hours and quarter-hour.

“It’s at all times an awesome combat in opposition to Felix,” Berrettini mentioned in his on-court interview. “We performed for 2 hours and quarter-hour and he’s a hell of a participant. I needed to play my finest tennis within the [Match] Tie-break to win. I’m actually completely satisfied as a result of I didn’t win only for me however for the workforce.”

Berrettini now leads Auger-Aliassime 4-1 of their ATP Head2Head collection, having defeated the 22-year-old on the Laver Cup final yr.

Captain Bjorn Borg is aiming to information Group Europe to its fifth consecutive Laver Cup title in opposition to John McEnroe‘s Group World this week within the U.Ok. capital. The edges ended the primary day stage, after Jack Sock and Tiafoe clawed previous Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal within the Swiss star’s remaining tour-level match on Friday night time. Every victory on Saturday is price two factors.

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