Laver Cup: De Minaur edges Murray ahead of Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal showdown

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Laver Cup: De Minaur edges Murray ahead of Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal showdown

Alex de Minaur made a winning Laver Cup debut following a hard-fought 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 victory over Andy Murray in two hours and 27 minutes! The Aussie came from a set down and prevailed in the match tie break to deliver the first point for Team World and reduce their deficit to 2-1.

Andy and Alex kept the court at London's O2 Arena entertained ahead of one of the most notable matches in tennis history, as Roger Federer ends his career with Rafael Nadal by his side. De Minaur and Murray pushed each other to the limits, with the Aussie winning one point more than the Briton.

The opening set lasted over 80 minutes, and Andy grabbed two breaks to prevail.

Alex de Minaur defeated Andy Murray in three sets.

Alex bounced back in set number two and stole the rival's serve twice to gain a boost and force a decider.

The young gun controlled the pace in the match tie break to deliver his first Laver Cup victory and get the blue squad to the scoreboard. The Aussie clinched a break in the encounter's first game following an extended rally and a forehand winner.

De Minaur saved a break point in game six to remain in front before Murray broke him at love at 2-3 after Alex's loose forehand. The remaining games turned into an open war between two baseline warriors, with many deuces and extended points.

The Aussie served to stay in the set at 5-6 and squandered no less than five game points. The Briton stayed in touch and seized the second set point when his opponent hit a double fault for 7-5 in 81 minutes! Alex recovered his game in the second set and served well early on to keep the pressure on Andy.

Murray hit a double fault in the third game to give the serve away and fall behind. De Minaur saved two break chances in game eight to forge a 5-3 advantage and grabbed his second break a few minutes later for 6-3 and momentum.

Alex claimed two early mini-breaks in the match tie break for 5-3. Andy kept coming, but he could not make one more step and level the score. Murray hit a smash winner at 6-8 to extend the battle before de Minaur earned two match points with a service winner. The Aussie fired another unreturned serve at 9-7 to seal the deal and celebrate the victory.