Alex de Minaur’s victory over Andy Murray gave the Rest of the World a 2-1 lead over Europe going into the final match of Roger Federer’s career, which took place on Friday at the Laver Cup in London. Federer will retire after this match (5-7, 6-3, 10-7). Following Jack Sock and Diego Schwartman’s defeat in the afternoon session, the Rest of the World team was in desperate need of the victory. Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas were the opponents they faced.
Andy Murray appeared nervous for his very first appearance in the Laver Cup, which took place in front of his home fans. This may have been because of the very specific context of Roger Federer’s last match, which was to follow. He did not get his start in the match until the score was 3-1, and he began to struggle with cramps in the seventh game of the second set. It is true that the first set, which was ultimately won by the Britons 7-5, had needed a significant amount of commitment from both players because it had lasted 95 points and 1h22, which is five minutes more than the entire match that Tsitsipas played afternoon.
The exchanges and games may have occasionally dragged on due to the sluggish surface and the fact that both players were superb defenders; nonetheless, the viewers were never bored because they were treated to some really exciting tennis moments. After Murray was able to win the first set, he became a little less mobile and precise, which allowed de Minaur to pull even at one set apiece after 2 hours and 10 minutes of play (5-7, 6-3). Murray chased the Australian for the entirety of the final super tie-break, but the latter was steady to complete with a service victory and restore hope to his team. Murray ultimately lost the match (5-7, 6-3, 10-7).
Disappointed by the outcome of his darling, the London crowd should quickly regain their voice with the upcoming entry on the court of Federer for a double alongside his rival Rafael Nadal, to face Sock and Frances Tiafoe, for the last match. of Federer’s career in an ATP competition, at the age of 41.