Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic hits Federer, pair lose in doubles at Laver Cup

Djokovic hits Federer, pair lose in doubles at Laver Cup

Djokovic, who along with Roger Federer, was representing Team Europe in a double's match against USA's Jack Sock and South Africa's Kevin Anderson, smashed a forehand straight onto Federer's back and covered his face straight away before rubbing Federer's back as they lost the point.

He was named as Federer's doubles partner on day one of the competition in Chicago and the legends surprisingly succumbed to a 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, (6-10) defeat to Team World's Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson.

Federer and Djokovic went on to lose the match after a tiebreaker 6-7, 6-3, 10-6.

"I felt good from the beginning and that's not usual", Federer said.

Britain's Kyle Edmund, a Laver Cup debutant, claimed an impressive 6-4 5-7 10-6 win over Sock and match three saw Belgium's David Goffin add to Europe's advantage as he beat Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-4 4-6 11-9.

The South African served his way out of trouble, while errors from Djokovic meant he again failed to put any points on the board after yesterday's doubles loss with Federer.

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This is the second instalment of the Laver Cup which has been dubbed the Ryder Cup of tennis - although it lacks the tradition of golf's premier team event.

At times, Kyrgios also was sharp, and sent blitzing passing shots past Federer but the world No.2 was the superior player and won 22 more points.

The exhibition event is taking place on United States soil for the first time and features 12 of the world's top players squaring off against each other in a three-day team event in Chicago.

The format calls for shorter matches.

The doubles game followed three singles matches earlier in the day - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov putting the first point on the board for Europe after beating Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-4.

Bjorn Borg's favoured Team Europe are trying to defend their crown against Team World which is captained by the legendary John McEnroe. "Usually you need matches to get going and play your best in the third round or quarters of a tournament".

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