Ahead of Sunday's Laver Cup duel against Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic had a perfect score versus the rivals from Canada. Novak had won all 29 matches against Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic, Peter Polansky and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The youngest of them, Auger-Aliassime, ended their terrible streak in London's O2 Arena, beating Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 and becoming the first Canadian who toppled the Serb. Novak struggled with a wrist injury and did not play well from the baseline.
Felix blasted 13 aces and had the upper hand with his first serve. The youngster suffered two breaks and stole Djokovic's serve three times to emerge at the top and bring the crucial points to Team World. Novak played a flawless match against Frances Tiafoe a day earlier, and he made a promising start against Felix too.
Djokovic grabbed a break in the encounter's first game after Auger-Aliassime's loose forehand.
Novak Djokovic is now 29-1 against the Canadians.
The Serb confirmed the break in game two and opened a 2-0 advantage.
Felix held at love in game three to get his name to the scoreboard and pulled the break back in the next one after Novak's double fault. Djokovic wasted a break chance in game seven and lost serve at love in the next one after Auger-Aliassime's forehand return winner.
Felix served for the set at 5-3 and landed a winner at the net to wrap up the opener in 37 minutes and gain a boost. Djokovic lost the ground in those moments and netted a backhand at the start of the second set to find himself further behind.
Auger-Aliassime served well and fired a service winner in game four for a 3-1 lead. The Canadian placed a backhand long in the sixth game and faced three break points. Novak seized the first after Felix's wayward forehand to level the score at 3-3 and improve his chances.
Auger-Aliassime landed a drop shot winner in game seven and created two break chances. Novak denied them and brought the game home after Felix's volley mistake to move 4-3 in front. The Canadian held at 15 for 4-4 before the Serb grabbed the next one to gain another lead.
The youngster held at love in game ten to extend the set and repeated that at 5-6 with a forehand winner to introduce a tie break. Felix started with a mini-break after a lucky net cord winner, and Novak pulled it back in the next one.
The Serb netted a routine backhand to fall 3-1 behind, and the Canadian forced the rival's mistake to build a massive 5-2 advantage. Djokovic sprayed a backhand error in the eighth point to offer his opponent four match points. Felix seized the second with a forehand crosscourt winner to celebrate a notable victory and send Team World in front.