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Roger Federer leads Team Europe to Laver Cup title win

World number two Roger Federer handed Team Europe the maiden Laver Cup title after beating Team World's Nick Kyrgios.

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World number two Roger Federer handed Team Europe the maiden Laver Cup title after beating Team World's Nick Kyrgios in a super tie-break thriller in Prague. Federer, this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, won 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 11/9 to give Team Europe an unbeatable 15-9 lead on Sunday. (Source: AP)

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The 36-year-old Swiss legend did struggle against the 20th-ranked, 22-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios and his flawless serve, losing the first set on a single break. (Source: Reuters)

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When he finally broke Nick Kyrgios halfway through set two, he yelled "Come on!" in relief, only to lose his serve again in the next game. (Source: AP)

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Roger Federer capitalised on the system of the tournament he had founded forcing Kyrgios into longer exchanges, he edged him in the second-set tie-break, then came back from 8-5 down in the decisive super tie-break. (Source: AP)

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The start of the clash saw the controversial Kyrgios briefly kneel on the court in a gesture which sparked speculation that he was joining the ongoing protest against US President Donald Trump. But Kyrgios explained this was his trademark gesture to "remember the two most important people that have passed away" a reference to his late grandmother and grandfather. (Source: AP)

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Team Europe, the odds-on favourites with five of the world's top seven players, entered Sunday with a 9-3 lead which narrowed as Jack Sock and John Isner beat Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic in the opening doubles rubber. On Sunday, the winner of each rubber earned three points, against one on Friday and two on Saturday. (Source: AP)

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Alexander Zverev then took Europe within sight of the trophy by beating Sam Querrey in straight sets, but world number one Rafael Nadal missed his chance as he lost to big-serving John Isner in straight sets. (Source: Reuters)

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Isner's greatest moment was yet to come as the world number 17 edged Nadal, this year's French and US Open champion. Nadal lost his serve in game one with a double-fault before Isner's errors helped him draw level in game ten, but Isner broke back at once and finished the set with the help of two second-serve aces in the last game. He then swept Nadal in the second-set tie-break after both held on to their serves. (Source: Reuters)

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Skippered by Bjorn Borg, Team Europe also comprised Dominic Thiem, while Frances Tiafoe and Denis Shapovalov played for John McEnroe's Team World earlier in the tournament. The organisers said Sunday Chicago would host the next edition of the Laver Cup on September 21-23, 2018. (Source: Reuters)