John Isner will take on Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s opening singles match as Team World look to continue their fightback against Team Europe on Day 2 of Laver Cup 2018.
Defending champions Team Europe lead 3-1 after the first day of action in Chicago, but Team World shifted the momentum with a thrilling doubles win on Friday night.
With two points available for a win on Day 2, Isner could level the contest at 3-3 if he can upset world No.5 Zverev as both teams chase down the winning total of 13 points.
The second match of the day will see Nick Kyrgios (World) take on Roger Federer (Europe), followed by Kevin Anderson (World) against Novak Djokovic (Europe).
Jack Sock will team up with Kyrgios to try and bring Team World another doubles win, with David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov lining up for Team Europe.
John Isner (World) v Alexander Zverev (Europe)
The head-to-head favors Zverev but dig a little deeper and, not surprisingly, there have been plenty of tiebreakers between two of the big men in tennis. This year they have one win apiece and Isner averages around 23 aces per match, while Zverev is a top-10 returner – expect this one to be tight.
Nick Kyrgios (World) v Roger Federer (Europe)
There is nothing Kyrgios likes more than a big stage and facing Federer brings out the best in the Australian – across their four matches to date, the first seven sets went to tiebreakers. Federer won more comfortably at the US Open last month, but Kyrgios relishes wearing the red of Team World.
Kevin Anderson (World) v Novak Djokovic (Europe)
From the hushed surroundings of the Wimbledon final two months ago to the noise and color of Chicago’s United Center, Anderson will feel he has home-court advantage as he tries to score a second win over Djokovic – 10 years after his first. Once again it could come down to Team World’s serve, versus Team Europe’s return.
Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios (World) v David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov (Europe)
Federer suggested that Team World will be favorites for all three doubles ties in Chicago, and there is no doubt that Sock and Kyrgios will be hard to handle in an electric Saturday night atmosphere. The pair won together in Prague last year, and Goffin and Dimitrov will have to withstand some huge hitting if they are to get a point on the board for Team Europe.