By Chineze Ogugua
Roger Federer saved a match point as Team Europe beat Team World 15-9 to win the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague.
Europe began the final day with a 9-3 lead, but, after a win apiece in the opening two matches on Sunday, John Isner beat Rafael Nadal 7-5 7-6 (7-1) to cut the advantage to 12-9.
Roger Federer then went to a match tie-break with Nick Kyrgios, who had a chance to force a deciding doubles before he saved a match point that followed wild celebrations.
It was a lovely sight indeed as two great rivals Federer and Nadal played doubles together for the first time on Saturday.
An ecstatic Federer said after the victory, “It has been such an amazing and fun week and I’m so pleased the event has worked as it has,”
“The camaraderie in the group was amazing and we are all so happy. Time will tell how big the Laver Cup will become.”
Speaking on his doubles together with Nadal, he said,“We will always be rivals as long as we are active. And after this we will be rivals again. But this was something very special. It’s been an absolute pleasure sharing the court with Rafa,”
Bjorn Borg captained Team Europe while Team World was captained by John McEnroe.