Final Lineup: A double shot of Federer to kick off Day 3
Team World will have the chance to take the lead for the first time at Laver Cup 2018 when Jack Sock and John Isner open the final day of action against Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev in the doubles.
Defending champions Team Europe lead 7-5 after the second day of action in Chicago, with Team World once again fighting back in the evening session to close the gap from 7-1.
With three points available for a win on Day 3, Europe will need two victories from Sunday’s four matches and World must find three wins to pass the 13 point-mark that will secure the trophy.
“I’m feeling a little bit better now than I was a few hours ago,” Team World Vice Captain Patrick McEnroe said on Laver Cup Up Late.
“When I walked out I felt like tonight was the night, the guys were really committed and they were going to give everything out there. We like our chances going into Day 3.”
The winner could be decided in Sunday’s second match when Federer and Isner make an immediate return to court for the first of the singles.
Should the contest still be alive, Zverev will take on Kevin Anderson in Match 11 before a potential Cup decider between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios in Match 12.
Federer/Zverev (Europe) v Sock/Isner (World)
Sock has once again shown himself to be the leading man on the Laver Cup doubles court and teams up with Isner looking for a repeat of last year’s opening win on the final day. Federer and Zverev represent more of an unknown, albeit a partnership laden with talent and desperate to stop the Team World comeback in its tracks.
Federer (Europe) v Isner (World)
It’s three years since the pair last met on a singles court and it was Isner who came out on top, on an indoor hard court in Paris. The American’s huge serve is a test for anyone and his commitment to the Team World cause is undeniable, but it still might not be enough if Federer can repeat his brilliant form of Saturday afternoon against Nick Kyrgios.
Zverev (Europe) v Anderson (World)
The form book is very one-sided in Zverev’s favor but the last of his four victories over Anderson came over a year ago, before the South African took a step up by reaching two Grand Slam finals and making himself a top-10 fixture. Both men played superbly in their opening singles matches and clearly relish the Laver Cup atmosphere – expect an epic contest.
Followed by Djokovic (World) v Kyrgios (Europe)
If it comes down to the final match, who better to play it out than the man of the moment against one of the few players to have a winning record against him. Djokovic has dominated the Grand Slam scene recently and will be desperate to get on the scoreboard in Chicago, but nobody plays with more passion – or unpredictability – at Laver Cup than Kyrgios.