On Sunday, Frances Tiafoe delivered the crucial points for Team World in their quest for the first Laver Cup title in London's O2 Arena. Frances saved four match points against Stefanos Tsitsipas to push the blue squad over the top.
On Friday, Frances and Jack Sock took down two legends and sent one of them into retirement. The Americans fended off a match point against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 victory. It was the last match in Federer's career, and Tiafoe felt no need to apologize for beating the great Swiss.
Frances praised Roger and everything he has given to our sport over two decades. Both teams served well before Rafa faced a break point in the opener's ninth game. Federer saved it, and they broke Tiafoe in game ten for 6-4 in 42 minutes.
The Spaniard lost serve at 1-1 in the second set, and he and Roger pulled it back after Frances' double fault in game six.
Roger Federer and Jack Sock defeated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in London.
Nadal was in trouble again at 5-5, struggling to gain free points and facing six break chances.
Team Europe saved them and wrapped it up with a service winner for a massive boost. Jack and Frances stayed calm and claimed the tie break 7-2 to remain in contention and gain confidence. Nadal took charge at the start of the match tie break before the red squad rattled off four straight points for 4-3.
The legends fought well and created a match point at 9-8. The Swiss failed to seize it on his serve, and Frances fired a return winner for their first match point. Sock landed a forehand down the line winner to send Roger into a well-deserved retirement.
"I want to see Roger Federer lit, but I will not apologize to him; absolutely not. He has to apologize for beating everyone on the Tour after 25 years! I thank him for having me in this fantastic event and for everything he has done for the game.
Roger is a class act. I'm happy to know Roger and call him a friend; I wish him all the best in his second act. The result of our match was irrelevant. The only thing that mattered was that I stood on the other side of the net.
Tennis won that night. Roger is such an inspiration, and playing with him was unbelievable. Roger is an even better person than a tennis player, and we will all miss him dearly. Legends never die," Frances Tiafoe said.