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Federer seals Laver Cup glory with win over Kyrgios

Members of the Team Europe hold the trophy as they celebrate winning the Laver Cup tennis tournament in Prague with Rod Laver.
Members of the Team Europe hold the trophy as they celebrate winning the Laver Cup tennis tournament in Prague with Rod Laver. MARTIN DIVISEK

ROGER Federer has sealed a win for Team Europe in the inaugural Laver Cup with a thrilling victory over Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the final singles clash of the tournament in Prague.

A win for Kyrgios would have set up a deciding doubles match for Team World but despite having a match point, the Aussie went down 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 11-9.

Team Europe went into the final day of the three-day event 9-3 down. But with three points available for wins on the last day, Europe was still in the contest.

Americans Jack Sock and John Isner defeated Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych 7-6 7-6 to take the opening contest before Alexander Zverev's 6-4 6-4 win over Sam Querrey stretched Europe's lead to 12-6.

Isner shocked Rafael Nadal 7-5 7-6 to draw the home team to within three but Federer held his nerve against Kyrgios to seal the victory.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios in action against Roger Federer.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios in action against Roger Federer. MARTIN DIVISEK

Kyrgios won the first set after earning the only break of serve.

He was broken early in the second but after taking a medical timeout, he fought back to take the set to a tiebreak.

Kyrgios saved three set points but 19-time grand slam champion Federer eventually levelled things up.

The match then went to a champions tiebreak (the first to 10 points) which Kyrgios led 6-2 at one point.

But Federer battled back and Team Europe got the point they needed for victory when Kyrgios sent a forehand into the net.

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates defeating Nick Kyrgios.
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates defeating Nick Kyrgios. MARTIN DIVISEK

"The camaraderie in the group was amazing and we are all so happy. Time will tell how big the Laver Cup will become but the first one is officially over and I can't wait to get my hands on the trophy.

"Team World made us work so incredibly hard and I can only congratulate them.”