Roger Federer compliments Novak Djokovic: 'Such control. Keep it up!'



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Roger Federer compliments Novak Djokovic: 'Such control. Keep it up!'

After an emotional Friday night and a memorable retirement of the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic is back in action. The 21-time Major winner stepped on the black court of London's O2 Arena against Frances Tiafoe, playing his first match in over two months!

Novak had to skip Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open, but it looked like he won all three tournaments! Djokovic needed 72 minutes to take down Tiafoe and produce a 6-1, 6-3 victory after flawless tennis. It was Novak's first Laver Cup victory after two losses in 2018, and he made it memorable.

The Serb dominated on serve and return to leave the American behind and send Team Europe 6-4 ahead before returning to the court for the doubles match. Roger Federer was impressed by Novak's level after missing two and a half months of action, praising his baseline game and urging him to keep going.

Djokovic delivered four perfect holds in the first set and only experienced one break point. He erased it and broke Frances twice in each set to control the scoreboard and sail over the top. Novak barely missed the first serve in the opener and held at love four times!

Novak forced Frances' mistake in the fourth game to earn a break and move in front. Djokovic moved 4-1 up with a service winner and placed a forehand crosscourt winner a few minutes later for his second break and a 5-1 lead.

Novak held at love in game seven to wrap up the opener with a backhand down the line winner after swift 22 minutes.

Novak Djokovic scored his first Laver Cup victory over Frances Tiafoe.

Firing from all cylinders, Djokovic stroke a backhand winner to grab a break in the second set's first game.

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 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 avoid a bagel.

The Serb landed an ace down the T line for a hold at love and a 3-1 lead before creating a break chance in the next one. Tiafoe saved it with a backhand crosscourt winner and defended another with a lucky net cord winner that helped him to survive.

The Serb fired an ace at 4-3 to move closer to the finish line, and the American served to stay in the match in the next one. Tiafoe netted a backhand to face two match points, and Djokovic seized the first to bring the victory home and push Team Europe 6-4 in front.

"Such control from the baseline, it's great to see after so many months off. Keep it up," Roger Federer said.