Playing his first match since the Wimbledon final, Novak Djokovic stormed over Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-3 in 72 minutes at the Laver Cup. The Serb produced flawless tennis on serve and return to leave the younger opponent behind and push Team Europe 6-4 ahead.
Novak did not lose a point on serve in the opening set and faced only one break point in the entire clash. He stole Frances' serve four times to control the scoreboard and win his first Laver Cup match. Novak kicked off his first Laver Cup match in four years in strong style, blasting aces and holding at love.
Frances responded with a fine hold in game two and fired a service winner to get his name to the scoreboard. Placing one first serve after another, Djokovic grabbed the third game at love to open a 2-1 lead in swift six minutes.
The Serb picked up his pace on the return in game four and forced the American's mistake to clinch a break and open a 3-1 advantage.
Novak Djokovic defeated Frances Tiafoe for his first Laver Cup victory.
Crumbling the opponent with his powerful initial shot, Novak landed another service winner in game five for his third consecutive hold at love and 4-1.
Tiafoe built a 30-0 lead on serve in game six before Djokovic bounced back and grabbed his second break with a forehand crosscourt winner that pushed him 5-1 ahead. Never losing focus behind the initial shot, Novak produced another hold at love in game seven and wrapped up the opener with a backhand down the line winner for 6-1 in 22 minutes!
Frances faced a break point at the start of the second set, and Novak converted it with a backhand winner that propelled him even further ahead. Tiafoe won his first return points in game two and created a break chance with a backhand down the line winner.
Djokovic saved it after an extended rally and a forced mistake and brought the game home for a 6-1, 2-0 advantage. Frances held after deuce in game three with a winner at the net to reduce the deficit and gain some momentum.
The Serb landed an ace down the T line for a hold at love in game four and a 3-1 lead. Tiafoe saved a break point in game five with a backhand crosscourt winner and defended another with a lucky net cord winner that helped him to survive.
The Serb closed the sixth game at 30 to maintain the lead and fired an ace at 4-3 to move closer to the finish line. Tiafoe served to stay in the match in game nine and netted a backhand to face two match points. Novak seized the first to bring the victory home and push Team Europe in front.