Laver Cup 2017: Team Europe 15 – Team World 9 in inaugural competition

Team Europe
Team Europe contained five of the world's top 10 players

Courtesy BBC Sports

Team Europe beats Team World 15-9 to win the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague.

Europe began the final day with a 9-3 lead, but, after a win apiece in the opening two matches on Sunday, John Isner beat Rafael Nadal 7-5 7-6 (7-1) to cut the advantage to 12-9.

Roger Federer then went to a match tie-break with Nick Kyrgios, who had a chance to force a deciding doubles.

However, Federer saved match point and won 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 11-9 to spark jubilant celebrations.

The competition, which follows a similar format to the Ryder Cup, saw Federer and Nadal play doubles together for the first time on Saturday.

There was one point awarded for victories on day one, two for wins on day two and three for victories on the final day.

"It has been such an amazing and fun week and I'm so pleased the event has worked as it has," Federer, 36, said.

"The camaraderie in the group was amazing and we are all so happy. Time will tell how big the Laver Cup will become."

Federer & Nadal
"We will always be rivals as long as we are active. And after this we will be rivals again. But this was something very special. It's been an absolute pleasure sharing the court with Rafa," Federer said of Nadal after Saturday's doubles.
Nick Kyrgios
A Kyrgios victory against Federer would have forced a deciding doubles set between Team Europe and Team World
Team Europe
Bjorn Borg (right) captained Team Europe while John McEnroe took charge of Team World
John McEnroe
"We were so, so close to pulling this off," McEnroe said of his team's performance
Roger Federer pours champagne into the Laver Cup
Federer poured celebratory champagne into the Laver Cup...
Roger Federer drinks from the Laver Cup
... and took a big gulp himself...
Bjorn Borg drinks from the Laver Cup
... and encouraged captain Borg to do the same
Written by Tim Strawn

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