Established to honor the name of the legendary Rod Laver and bring together the world's best players for three-day action, the Laver Cup has seen three editions so far. After Prague, Chicago and Geneva, the fourth edition takes place at the Boston TD Garden between September 24 and 26.
One of the competition's founders and most famous promoter Roger Federer will skip the Laver Cup for the first time due to a knee injury that has bothered him for over a year and a half. To make matters worse for the organizers, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have not planned to compete in Boston after the US Open, while Dominic Thiem has to skip the rest of the year due to a wrist injury.
Thus, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud will form the blue team of Europe, hoping to beat Team World for the fourth consecutive year and keep the beautiful trophy in their collection.
At Prague 2017, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal led the Europe team and stole the show on September 23, scoring singles victories before stepping onto the pitch together in a long-awaited doubles clash. Roger and Rafa defeated Jack Sock and Sam Querrey in three sets to push Team Europe further on the final day, where Roger prevailed over Nick Kyrgios in the final match to claim the team title from him.
At Chicago 2018, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic joined forces on an opening day and lost to Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock after a great battle. On the third day, Federer beat John Isner before Alexander Zverev defeated Kevin Anderson in an all or nothing clash to retain the Team Europe title.
Marion Bartoli opens up on Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has a chance to make history at the US Open. Having triumphed at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon, the Serb is one step away from becoming the first man since Rod Laver to win all four Majors in a calendar year.
Despite that, former Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli believes Djokovic is the firm favorite to raise the trophy in New York next month. "I would not understand if we do not place him as a big favourite. For me he is the big favourite," Bartoli told Tennis Majors.
"It’s a little easier. He has a day off between each match, he has time to think about each victory, he has time to rest before the next game. I think the Grand Slams are definitely playing in favour of Novak Djokovic."