World No. 5 Andrey Rublev joked that Roger Federer was supporting Team World on the final day of the Laver Cup. Rublev and Alexander Zverev beat Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov 6-2 6-7 (4) 10-3 to close out the tie and seal a dominant 14-1 victory for Team Europe.
After Jim Courier thanked Federer for his support in Boston, Rublev interrupted to say: “I don’t know, I saw Roger was supporting Team World during our doubles!” Zverev, who recently ended runner-up at the US Open, backed Rublev's claim.
“Actually, that makes sense now because he was trying to confuse me during the singles yesterday as well," Zverev said. “While the whole team was telling me to do one thing he was telling me to do the complete opposite.
So now, I understand – smart guy over there!”
Zverev received advice from Federer
Zverev was made to work hard by John Isner in his lone singles match at the Laver Cup. However, Zverev found a way to win as he beat Isner 7-6 (5) 6-7 (6) 10-5.
"My entire team was telling me to step back on the return, then Roger is behind me telling me to step into the return so I was confused. In the end I didn't know who to listen to, do I listen to eight people on the bench or do i listen to 20 Grand Slams over there.
Now when I won nobody will care about it, nobody will talk about it anymore. That's the most important thing," Zverev added. Federer, who made a surprise appearance at the Laver Cup, enjoyed the event over the weekend. "I thought the crowds were absolutely incredible.
The matches were good, they were close but at the end Team Europe got it done. Of course, I was personally very happy about it. I was just enjoying watching the great qualify of tennis and I hope you did too," Federer said.