In the first match of the Laver Cup 2021 between team World and team Europe, Matteo Berrettini beats Felix Auger-Aliassime after three sets. The game is exciting: Matteo clears seven set points before giving up in a first set of 80 minutes.
To settle the tie-break, won with merit by the Canadian who has always been ahead in the score. Berrettini does not make a turn, starts to grind with the service and stings in the end of the second set, closing it in the twelfth game.
In the super tie-break it is still Aliassime to go ahead by a minibreak, but to be resumed. At 9-8 it is a fantastic backhand passer who gave the victory to Berrettini and the second point to Team Europe who at the opening of the day had won their first victory thanks to Ruud, winner in two sets against Opelka.
The first day ends 3 to 1 for Europe with Rublev who wins in comeback against Schwartzman and Team Mondo who double wins with Isner and Shapovalov who beat our Berrettini paired with Zverev. The Metz 250 offers many emotions, but few surprises.
In fact, all the favorites of the tournament are advancing, starting with Gael Monfils who won here in 2009. The Frenchman wins and convinces against Basilashvili, winning with an encore of 6-3 and 11 aces. The cartel game of the day goes to Hurkacz: Andy Murray remains in the game only until the first set, succumbed to the tie-break, after which Hubi's greater freshness comes out.
The Pole, first seed of the tournament, will challenge Gojowczyk for a place in the final: the German has recovered Giron. In the quarter-final that closed the program, however, Pablo Carreno Busta got the better of the very young Rune, who surrendered only 6-4 in the third set.
In Nur-Sultan the path of the landlord Bublik continues, who has no problem getting rid of Taberner. Now the Kazakh will face Kown, while the other place in the final will be disputed between Duckworth and Ivashka.
Roger Federer comments on Novak Djokovic's amazing 2021
Roger Federer played just 13 official matches in 2021, with a very unsatisfactory tally of nine wins to four defeats.
His last appearance was at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals thanks to a not impossible draw. His run ended in front of Hubert Hurkacz, who took off the whim of giving him a bagel in the third set on Center Court.
A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had to operate on his right knee for the third time in the past year and a half. The former world number 1 underwent the surgery and has already begun the rehabilitation process.
The hope is to see him back on the pitch in 2022 at least for a final catwalk, useful to end his extraordinary career in the best possible way. During a meeting with sponsors in Zurich, Roger provided some interesting updates on his form.
Recall that the 40-year-old from Basel will not even be able to take part in the 2021 edition of the Laver Cup, staged this weekend in Boston. Federer said: "The worst is over now. I can't wait to find out what the next steps in my rehabilitation process will be.
I went through a similar path last year. I hope to be back on the pitch as soon as possible, but you have to be very patient in these cases." To the Swiss Maestro was then asked for an opinion on Novak Djokovic's 2021, who was unable to complete the Grand Slam by a whisker.
The Serbian champion surrendered to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final after winning the first three majors of the season. Federer said: "I think the Grand Slam is a possible feat, Djokovic proved it this year. Obviously it remains very difficult, it also takes a good dose of luck.
In any case, Novak's 2021 remains absolutely incredible." The Big 3 are currently tied with 20 Grand Slams each.