Zverev: 'Roger Federer, Nadal helped me a lot in Laver Cup decisive match'

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Zverev: 'Roger Federer, Nadal helped me a lot in Laver Cup decisive match'

Alexander Zverev defeated Milos Raonic to clinch the Laver Cup win for Team Europe. The German thanked Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. "Everybody helped me, the crowd especially. I don't think I have ever played in an atmosphere like that before.

You know, it's been absolutely amazing. Actually, Rafa and Roger helped me a lot before the tiebreak and going into our locker room where we had a little bit of a break, and they gave me a lot of nice words, a lot of positivity.

And how they were on the bench and how everybody was on the bench was an unbelievable feeling for me to win in the end", said Zverev. On Rafael Nadal's late withdrawal, Team Europe Vice-Captain Thomas Enqvist said: "Just coming off a US Open win 2019 and playing unbelievable the first days.

As you can imagine, everybody, of course there was no question that he should play. He was devastated this morning, obviously, not to be able to play. I mean, he wanted to give it all to the team, but he couldn't. We are lucky enough to have this incredible team, so we have strong players to put in.

But as soon as we knew that Rafa could not play, Bjorn actually made a phone call to John to make him, as early as possible, to get his guys information about this. So I don't see a rule change needed in case, that I think both teams have this gentlemen agreement.

We want to do the right thing. The whole competition is played honoring the game. I cannot see anybody trying to play each other in this way. That's just my personal opinion."