Laver Cup: Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev allow Team Europe to come out on top
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, Norwegian Casper Ruud and Russian Andrey Rublev gave the European squad a winning start to the Laver Cup in Boston.
Berrettini defeated Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 10-8 in a deciding match after Ruud beat American Reilly Opelka 6-3 7-6 (7-4).
Then Rublev’s 4-6 6-3 11-9 victory over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman further strengthened Team Europe’s position.
Team World then avoided an opening day shutout with a doubles victory.
Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and American John Isner beat Berrettini and Germany’s Alexander Zverev 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 10-1 in the doubles match to make the score 3-1 on aggregate.
This is the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, which sees six male players from Team Europe and Team World play a series of singles and doubles matches.
Berrettini, Ruud and Rublev are joined by Russian world number two and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Germany’s Zverev in the Europe squad.
Europe, led by Bjorn Borg, have won all three previous editions of the competition – which did not take place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nick Kyrgios from Australia joins Shapovalov, Schwartzman, Isner, Auger-Aliassime and Opelka on John McEnroe’s Team World.
The three-day event sees one point awarded for a win on the first day, two for wins on the second day and three on the last day.