Can Team World win Laver Cup versus a Europe without Federer, Nadal, Djokovic?



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Can Team World win Laver Cup versus a Europe without Federer, Nadal, Djokovic?

As a recent trailer of the 2021 edition of the Laver Cup shows, Team World will try to flip the script against a weakened Team Europe that have their three boogeymen, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, out of the competition due to different reasons.

Federer has confirmed that he will need another knee surgery, Nadal is trying to recover from a foot injury, and Djokovic goes through a tough time after he failed to capture the US Open.

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“If we don’t win in Boston, I’m toast,” Team World captain John McEnroe says in the video.

“This is the most important week of the year for me as a captain. The goal is to win,” says Bjorn Borg, Team Europe’s captain.

Team Europe still lines up world-class players

The team led by Bjorn Borg won all the three Laver Cup editions that took place so far, leaving McEnroe’s Team World hungry for a victory.

Yet, even without the likes of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, Bjorn Borg’s Team Europe still managed to gather 5 top 10 players: the US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, and Andrey Rublev.

Norwegian Casper Ruud completes the formation. On the other side, John McEnroe has six men that will aim to complete what seemed, at least until now, an impossible mission: Reilly Opelka, John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Diego Schwartzman, Denis Shapovalov, and US Open semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime.

In terms of attendance, Laver Cup is expected to have the stands full of tennis fans eager to support their favorites, according to Tony Godsick, CEO and chairman of the Laver Cup. “We will have a packed house," Godsick said as quoted by Forbes.

Boston, one of the world's greatest sports cities, will host the fourth edition of the Laver Cup from September 24-26, 2021, at the famous TD Garden.