Laver Cup: Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas push Team Europe in front

Tennis - Tsitsipas proved too strong for Diego Schwartzman, dropping only three games

by Jovica Ilic
Laver Cup: Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas push Team Europe in front

Team Europe is off to a great start at the fifth edition of the Laver Cup in London. Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas scored singles victories to put the blue squad 2-0 in front ahead of the remaining encounters of the opening day.

World no. 2 Casper Ruud faced Jack Sock in the first match of the competition and delivered a 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 triumph over Jack Sock in an hour and 47 minutes. Both players grabbed two breaks and stayed neck and neck until the closing stages of the match tie break.

The Roland Garros and the US Open finalist played on a high level in the opening set's first seven games. Casper broke Jack in the second game following the American's loose forehand and barely dropped a point in his service games to open a 5-2 gap.

Sock found the rhythm after that early setback and remained within one break deficit.

Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas scored early Laver Cup wins.

Jack landed a backhand down the line winner at 3-5 to pull the break back and extend the set.

Casper started all over and seized the fourth set point on the return in game ten to take the opener 6-4. Both players served well in the second set's opening ten games to stay locked at 5-5. Suddenly, Casper sprayed a forehand error in game 11 to experience a break at love and push Jack in front.

The American landed a drop shot winner at 6-5 to wrap up the set and introduce a match tie break. With a boost on his side, Sock moved 3-0 ahead before Ruud rattled off six straight points and moved 6-3 up with a service winner.

Jack climbed back to 6-7 and 7-8 to push the rival to the limits. Still, Team World player netted an easy forehand to fall 9-7 behind, and Casper sent Team Europe over the top with a forehand down the line winner in the 17th point.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman battled in the second match of the day, and the Greek proved too strong. Stefanos beat Diego 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 16 minutes to send Team Europe 2-0 in front. Tsitsipas controlled the pace on serve and return, rushing to the net and delivering five breaks to leave the opponent behind.

Stefanos hit the zone early on and grabbed the opener 6-2. The Greek pushed even harder in set number two and dropped one game en route to a routine victory.

Casper Ruud Stefanos Tsitsipas Diego Schwartzman