The second edition of the Laver Cup took place in Chicago in September 2018. A year earlier, tennis fans in Prague could witness the first-ever doubles match with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the same side of the court.
Nadal did not play in Chicago, and another legend Novak Djokovic took his place to lead Team Europe alongside Roger. The Swiss and the Serb used the opportunity to play their first doubles match on an opening day. Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund and David Goffin pushed Team Europe 3-0 ahead with singles victories, and Roger and Novak faced Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson in the last encounter of the first day.
The 34-Major winners experienced a 6-7, 6-3, 10-6 loss in an hour and 35 minutes and handed Team World their first point of the competition. Novak and Roger fought well, especially in the first set. Still, it was not enough to score a win in their first match together.
They failed to win a point on the return in the match tie-break and suffered two mini-breaks to finish on the losing side.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lost their first doubles match in Chicago 2018.
Anderson and Sock dropped just 13 points behind their initial shot.
They kept the second serve safe and never lost serve. Federer and Djokovic got broken once in the second set, and they could not find the rhythm in the decider. Federer held in the encounter’s first game, and Anderson leveled the score at 1-1 a few minutes later.
Djokovic closed the third game after deuces, and Sock produced a fine hold in the next one for 2-2. Novak feels Team Europe 4-3 in front with an ace in game seven, and Roger repeated that at 4-4 for another advantage. Sock and Anderson chased the result but faced no issues behind the initial shot, holding at 30 at 5-6 to introduce a tie break.
The Serb started it with a volley winner and played another good one at 3-4. Anderson netted a routine forehand at 5-5, and Federer wrapped up the set with a volley winner in the next one after 49 minutes. Novak faced two break points in the second set’s second game, and he and Roger grabbed four straight points to get out of jail.
Kevin landed a volley winner in game four, as he and Jack broke Roger at love to build a 3-1 lead. Anderson held with ease in the next one to confirm the advantage and put his team closer to a decider. Sock fired a booming serve in game seven for 5-2, and they earned a set point on the return in the next one.
Roger and Novak saved it to prolong the action before Jack placed a volley winner in the next one for 6-3 and a boost. Novak locked the result at 4-4 in the match tie break with a volley winner before the red squad forged a 6-4 lead after Sock’s forehand winner at the net.
Roger reduced the deficit to 7-5 with a volley winner at the net, and they won the next point to move even closer. Anderson and Sock gained an 8-6 lead and earned three match point following the South African’s winner at the net. Jack needed only one after a booming return winner in the 16th point, sealing the deal and starting the celebration.