With the help of Roger Federer in doubles action, Team Europe took a 3-1 lead Friday over Team World after the first day of the Laver Cup in Geneva, Switzerland.
Federer, the Swiss star, teamed with Germany’s Alexander Zverev to beat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and the United States’ Jack Sock 6-3, 7-5.
In singles play, Austria’s Dominic Thiem topped Shapovalov 6-4, 5-7, 13-11, and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated the United States’ Taylor Fritz 6-2, 1-6, 10-7 to score points for Team Europe. Sock beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-6 (3) to get Team World on the scoreboard.
The event continues Saturday and Sunday, with three singles matches and one doubles match each day. The Saturday schedule features Zverev vs. the United States’ John Isner, Federer vs. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, Spain’s Rafael Nadal vs. Canada’s Milos Raonic plus a doubles match of Nadal-Tsitsipas vs. Kyrgios-Sock.