Federer and Djokovic beaten in doubles

Mae Harvey
September 26, 2018

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic looked quite comfortable while playing together for the first time Friday night.

Team World needed a response and both Anderson and the doubles pairing of Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock recorded victories to conclude day two, leaving John McEnroe's side on five points.

Europe had earlier built their advantage on singles victories for Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Briton Kyle Edmund and Belgian David Goffin.

Djokovic and Federer teamed up on Friday as they took on Sock and Kevin Anderson in the doubles, suffering Team Europe's only defeat of day one with a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 10-6 loss.

"It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an awesome atmosphere". I haven't played doubles since last year, so I'm firing, I won my match last year, so I feel like I'm really confident from that match still.

Three points per match are on offer tomorrow, with the first team to 13 points lifting the trophy. If the players split sets, they go straight to a 10-point tiebreaker.

Heading into Saturday's match, 14-time grand slam victor Djokovic held a 6-1 career advantage, including a 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) win over Anderson in July at Wimbledon.

"I'm very proud of my team, we knew it's going to be very hard to beat Team World with John as the captain", Borg said. "I think today that's what I did". "Usually you need matches to get going and play your best in the third round or quarters of a tournament".

6-7 6-3 10-6. Their win gave World their first point of the tournament against the Europeans.

Europe responded superbly after that early setback however, with the 37-year-old Federer returning to secure a vital three points against Isner in the first singles match of the day.

"It's going to be an interesting day with four tough matches and anything can happen".

Zverev then raced into the lead in the tiebreak before closing out for the win.

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