Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic suffer doubles defeat, but Team Europe lead Laver Cup

Shahida Jacobs
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in action

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson claimed the scalps of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the doubles on day one to reduce Team World’s deficit in the Laver Cup.

Much was made of the dream team pairing of Federer and Djokovic in the build-up to the match and they won the opening set, but Team World’s Sock and Anderson hit back to win 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 10-6.

As expected there were some funny moments like Djokovic accidentally hitting Federer, but it was the Swiss maestro that handed the advantage to Team World when he double faulted at 4-4 in the tie-breaker.

“It was a lot of fun. I want to thank Roger for playing with me,” Djokovic said. “I loved it. Obviously, I wanted to win as much as Roger. But those guys came up with some big shots.”

Team Europe still hold a 3-1 advantage after Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund won their singles matches.

Dimitrov from Bulgaria kicked things off with an impressive 6-1, 6-4 win over misfiring American Frances Tiafoe, but Goffin had a more difficult encounter.

The Belgian saved two match points before beating Diego Schwartzman from Argentina 6-4, 4-6, 11-9, while Edmund also needed a third-set tie-breaker to beat Sock 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.

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