Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played on the same side of the court for the first time in Geneva in 2017. Roger and Rafa led Team Europe to their first Laver Cup title and will meet again in London in a few weeks.
Federer and Nadal had a great time in their third Laver Cup in Prague 2019, and the Spaniard advised Switzerland against Nick Kyrgios. Federer beat Kyrgios 6-7, 7-5, 10-7 in one hour and 50 minutes to get Team Europe’s fourth victory in five matches and a 5-3 advantage.
The Swiss lost 19 points on the serve and only had a timeout opportunity. He missed the first set before signing the deal with a steady performance in the tiebreak of the match.
The Australian had more trouble in their game. He rebuffed five of the seven time-out chances offered to Roger and remained in touch until the final moments of the meeting.
Almost nothing could separate them in the first set.
There were ten dominant grips on both sides with a break and a close battle until the final moments of the draw break. Federer broke it in game four when Kyrgios sent a long forehand.
However, his advantage was short-lived after he made a forehand error in the next game to get Nick back on the run. Aussie continued to equalize the score 3-3 after the draw and both served well in setting up a tie break in the remaining games where Federer created a 4-0 gap.
The Swiss player began to miss more and more balls, allowing Kyrgios to kick back and take a 6-5 lead with a risky serve that hit the line.
The 12th spot forehand winner determined the second set for Kyrgios 49 minutes later, making a nice comeback and a big step towards the finish line.
Federer took the advantage with 73% serve rate in the second set. He was just seven points behind the first hit and waited for a chance to comeback.
Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios at the 2019 Geneva Laver Cup.
Nick struggled to make his first serve and still ditched his first four timeouts.
Roger finished fifth and took a 6-5 lead before waiting for the match to introduce the tiebreak. Federer scored five straight points after falling 2-0 and remained calm until the end.
He crossed the finish line at the 17th spot when Kyrgios sent a long forehand to keep Team Europe ahead 5-3 as they entered the night games. Rafael Nadal was there to encourage and advise Roger.
Federer praised Nadal, appreciated the clarity of his advice, and described him as a problem solver after finding solutions in every situation. “As a result, Rafa and I did a good job.
I appreciated his openness and advice. It was a game similar to the one Nick and I played in Prague two years ago. It was a struggle from the start and Rafa knew how hard I had to push to stay aggressive and avoid mistakes.
Rafa is a great problem and solution finder; I’ve already seen how passionate you are about finding new solutions or a winning pattern in our doubles match.
He’s not afraid to change his racket tactics, invest wisely, and stay on top all these years. “It’s nice to hear you talk, especially during games,” said Roger Federer.