Laver Cup: John Isner edges Alexander Zverev to keep Team World alive


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Laver Cup: John Isner edges Alexander Zverev to keep Team World alive

After the opening clash of the second day at the Laver Cup in Geneva, Team Europe and Team World are tied at 3-3 following a 6-7, 6-4, 10-1 victory for John Isner over Alexander Zverev in an hour and 34 minutes. It was the second singles victory for Isner at this event and the first in the match tie break, unable to find the range against Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer in the previous editions and changing that today after a nice turnaround.

John grabbed the second victory over Alexander in seven encounters, firing 14 aces and playing against only one break point in the entire match. On the other hand, Zverev lost serve once in set number two that cost him dearly, playing on the same level with his opponent before that match tie break where John shifted into a higher gear to secure the second singles victory for Team World at this year's Laver Cup.

The American saved a break chance already in the first game of the clash, avoiding an early setback and staying neck and neck with Zverev as they both barely lost a point behind the initial shot before the tie break. There, a forehand winner sent the German 3-1 up, earning another mini-break after a double fault from John to extend the lead.

Isner pulled one mini-break back with a volley winner but that was all he could do, netting a backhand in the ninth point to hand the set to Zverev after 46 minutes. As in the first, nothing could have separated them in the first eight games of the second set and that all changed in the ninth game when Zverev lost serve, previously losing some seven points in ten service games since the beginning of the match!

Isner closed the set with a hold at 15 in game ten after a volley error from Alexander and it was all about him in the match tie break, producing four mini-breaks and winning all six points on serve for a commanding 10-1, sealing the deal with a service winner to find himself over the top and level the overall score at 3-3 before Roger Federer vs. Nick Kyrgios clash.