Kevin Anderson beats Novak Djokovic again as Team World hits back
South African Kevin Anderson avenged his Wimbledon final defeat by Novak Djokovic with victory over the Serb in the Laver Cup team competition.Kevin Anderson led the charge by blasting 17 aces past the Serbian world number three in a 7-6(5) 5-7 10-6 victory that shifted the momentum after the World side.
It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an amazing atmosphere," said Anderson afterwards. "I felt I played a great match - beating Novak on any stage is great and here in Chicago makes it extra special."
In the singles matches, Federer had an easy 6-3 6-2 win over Kyrgios but Germany's Zverev had to save a match point against American John Isner before winning 3-6 7-6 (7-6) 10-7.
It then left Sock and Kyrgios to combine to win the doubles match finale, beating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin of Belgium 6-3 6-4.
Saturday's matches were worth two points each, but three points per match are up for grabs on the final day, with the first team to 13 points lifting the trophy.
We’ve had some really close matches haven’t gone our way and I really wanted to put us back in there,” Anderson, who lost the Wimbledon final to Djokovic earlier this year, told reporters. “It’s not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an amazing atmosphere. I felt I played a great match – beating Novak on any stage is great and here in Chicago makes it extra special.”
It was another disappointing night for Djokovic, who teamed up with Roger Federer on Friday when the duo suffered a shock doubles loss to Anderson and Jack Sock. The 14-times major champion again faltered in a third set, firing a forehand into the net to seal the loss. “Unfortunately, two lost matches,” Djokovic said. “I gave it my best to beat Kevin. He was playing fantastic.”