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Federer wins dramatic clash with Kyrgios to seal Laver Cup for Europe

Federer wins dramatic clash with Kyrgios to seal Laver Cup for Europe

With day 3 matches having 3 points each a seemingly unassailable lead of 9-3 for Europe suddenly became 9-6 as Isner and Sock played inspired doubles to win against Berdych and Cilic 7-6, 7-6.

They visibly enjoyed the experience, with Federer laughing off a massive air shot halfway through the set.

Nadal admitted that it was surreal to play alongside the man who he leads in the ATP rankings.

Querrey and Sock wrong-footed the legends and won a few net exchanges, to take an early break in the second set at 3-1.

"Of course, I would love (to play with Federer)", Nadal said.

Judging by the way the inaugural Laver Cup panned out, Roger Federer is almost as good at organising events as he is at playing in them. Nadal had a break point to level it all in the following game but didn't realize his chance. A win is worth one point on Friday, two on Saturday and three on Sunday.

"He said it all", chuckled 36-year-old Federer. "After this we'll be rivals again, thank God or unfortunately, but this was something very special".

For the full results and an explanation of the scoring system, visit BBC Sport.

Rod Laver, one of the greatest players in history, is humbled to have a new tournament named after him.

That one Team World win, though, was a whole lot of fun.

"It was a great match, everyone played well".

Kyrgios got the only break of serve in the first set but soon found himself a break down at the beginning of the second.

It handed the 19-time grand slam champion a 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 victory as Europe won 15-9 overall.

Berdych, Nadal vs Kyrgios, Sock. The tournament will be held annually near the end of the year, after the U.S. Open, and will feature a team of the top European men's players against a team of the top players from non-European countries. On the other hand, McEnroe's Team World will be headlined by the American quartet of Jack Sock, Josh Isner, Sam Querrey and Frances Tiafoe, besides Australian star Nick Kyrgios and Canadian teenaged prodigy Denis Shapovalov.