Novak Djokovic, Laver Cup 2018

The inaugural Laver Cup was held at the O2 arena in Prague, in September last year, with Team Europe, led by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, defeating Team World 15-9. The second edition of the Laver Cup took place in Chicago last weekend, and Team Europe ruled again with a 13-8 victory.

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The event is played over 3 days: each day 4 matches are played, 3 singles and a doubles. Each win is worth one point on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Matches are played in the best of 3 sets, with a 10-point match tiebreaker in the third. The winning team must reach 13 points. In case of a tie, a doubles match is played as a regular set to determine the winner.

On day 1, Team Europe won the 3 singles, while Federer and Djokovic lost in doubles against the pair of Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock.

Grigor Dimitrov  Frances Tiafoe 6–1 6–4   1–0
 Kyle Edmund  Jack Sock 6–4 5–7 [10–6]   2–0
 David Goffin  Diego Schwartzman 6–4 4–6 [11–9]   3–0
 Novak Djokovic /  Roger Federer  Kevin Anderson /  Jack Sock 7–6 3–6 [6–10]   3–1

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On day 2, Team Europe led by 7 to 1 after Zverev’s win over Isner and Federer tennis lesson to Kyrgios. But Team World rallied back to 5-7 after Kevin Anderson’s surprising win over Novak Djokovic and Kyrgios and Sock doubles victory over Dimitrov and Goffin.

Alexander Zverev  John Isner 3-6 7–6 [10–7]   5–1
 Roger Federer Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-2   7–1
Novak Djokovic Kevin Anderson 6–7 7-5 [6–10]   7–3
 Grigor Dimitrov /  David Goffin  Nick Kyrgios /  Jack Sock 3-6 4-6   7–5

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Team World led for the first time of the weekend after another doubles victory in day 3’s opening match! But Federer put Team Europe ahead by saving three match points to defeated Isner. And finally it all came down to Zverev, who dropped the first set before leveling at one set all and winning a thrilling match tiebreaker against Anderson. 13-8, Team Europe retains the title!
Next year’s competition will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 20-22 September.

Roger Federer / Alexander Zverev  John Isner / Jack Sock 6–4 6–7 [9–11]   7–8
 Roger Federer John Isner 6–7 7–6( [10–7]   10–8
Alexander Zverev Kevin Anderson 6–7 7-5 [10-7]   13–8

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Photo credit: Christian Cresante

Edmund and Corrie win maiden doubles title in Estoril

Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie had one combined doubles match win prior to this tournament. But playing in their first tournament as a team, the Brits didn’t drop a set all week and defeated Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak 6-4 6-2 to claim their maiden doubles title.

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Millenium Estoril Open 06.05.2018

Photo credit: MNJ, all rights reserved to MNJ.

Kyle Edmund, 2016 US Open

For the first time since 1968, three British male players (Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans) have reached the third round of the US Open:

Said Evans: “It could easily have been different. Kyle played Gasquet. I played Ram. We both could lose those matches and could have been sat here with only Andy again. “It just happens in certain tournaments, doesn’t it, where you get through. And this week, there’s a feel-good factor. But me and Kedders have got tough matches now. We’ll see what we can do.”

Kyle Edmund faces John Isner on Friday, while Andy Murray and Dan Evans will respectively meet Paolo Lorenzi and Stan Wawrinka on Saturday.

Another good news for British tennis: Johanna Konta stormed past Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1 to each the fourth round.

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

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Kyle Edmund, 2016 US Open

World number 84 Kyle Edmund, playing his first US Open’s main draw, records the biggest win of his career so far, to beat Richard Gasquet in straight sets 6-2 6-2 6-3.

“I’m obviously extremely happy. I was just in the moment for that match, and I’m enjoying it. The crowd were incredible and I didn’t expect this much support, but I’m happy I was able to give back some really good tennis.”

He will now face wild card Ernesto Escobedo ranked 201.

As for Gasquet, who had a 6-weeks injury break, he announced he wasn’t sure to take part to the Davis Cup semifinals early September.

“I’m not sure I could do worse. I knew to come to this tournament would be tough for me. I need matches, I need practice, I need to recover, I need to feel better mentally. I’m not in great form at all.”

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Kyle Edmund, 2016 Kooyong Classic

Another beautiful day of tennis at the Kooyong Classic.

First match today, a clash between two youngsters: recent Davis Cup champion Kyle Edmund vs Aussie hope Omar Jasika. The Brit is without a doubt a player to watch in 2016.

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