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Laver Cup 2019 Day 3 live streaming, preview and tips - Federer and Nadal to play doubles as Team Europe target third straight Laver Cup

Andrew Hendrie in News 22 Sep 2019
  • Team Europe leads Team World 7-5 heading into the third and final day of Laver Cup 2019
  • Nadal and Federer launch Day 3 action as they team up in doubles against Sock and Isner
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play doubles for Team Europe on Sunday (PA Images)

The 2019 Laver Cup is set to come to a dramatic climax on Sunday in Geneva as Team Europe takes a narrow lead over Team World into the final day of action.

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal team up in doubles for just the second time as the two legends look to get Team Europe off to a perfect start on Sunday, while Nadal will also back up immediately for a juicy singles showdown against rival Nick Kyrgios, with the Australian looking to avenge a Wimbledon loss to the Spaniard and repeat his spectacular Acapulco triumph.

Federer will also back up for some singles later in the day, with Team Europe currently holding a 7-5 lead over Team World.

Europe need two more wins to secure the Laver Cup for the third straight year, however Team World are well in the mix after Kyrgios and Jack Sock won Saturday night’s doubles over Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Team World need three wins to claim a first Laver Cup trophy, and with their doubles prowess and the ability of Kyrgios and John Isner to beat almost anyone on their day, captain John McEnroe will fancy his team’s chances of overcoming the odds.

Match 1: Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal (Europe) vs John Isner/Jack Sock (World), 1.00pm local time (12.00pm BST)


Team World have been extremely impressive in doubles throughout all three Laver Cups and despite coming up against arguably the two best players to ever pick up a tennis racquet, Sock and Isner could and maybe should be viewed as slight favourites in this encounter.

Both Isner and Sock have scored vital wins for Team World over the last two days, with Isner taking out Alexander Zverev in a match tiebreak in singles on Saturday, while Sock - despite failing to win a tour-level singles match all season - claimed a big upset over Fabio Fognini on Friday. Sock is arguably the best doubles player in the world right now, and he proved his credentials yet again on Saturday as he teamed up with Kyrgios to defeat Nadal and Tsitsipas.

Federer and Nadal are unbeaten as a pairing, winning their only previous match two years ago in Prague against Sock and Sam Querrey. Federer partnered Zverev to a doubles victory on the opening day, while Nadal went down last night with Tsitsipas. It’s a big match in the context of the tie, and a victory for Team World would mean they would lead for the first time this weekend.

Match 2: Rafael Nadal (Europe) vs Nick Kyrgios (World), to follow


What a blockbuster showdown we have for the first singles match on the final day as Nadal and Kyrgios collide for the third time in 2019. We all know there’s no love lost between the pair, with Nadal holding a slight 4-3 lead in their head-to-head, but the pair are level at 1-1 this season, with Kyrgios winning a thriller in Acapulco and the Spaniard prevailing in four sets at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios loves the Laver Cup and is driven by the desire to not let his teammates down, so you know he will be dialled in and focused for this one. Nadal, meanwhile, will be determined to claim bragging rights and secure what would obviously be a crucial three points for Europe.

Nadal was clinical in a straight sets dispatch of Milos Raonic in his only singles match of the Laver Cup this weekend on Saturday, while Kyrgios couldn’t put away Federer from a winning position, with the Aussie falling 10-7 in a match tiebreak.

It’s another enormous rubber in the context of the tie - who will emerge triumphant and maybe send their team to within one more victory of the Laver Cup?


Match 3: Roger Federer (Europe) vs John Isner (World), to follow


It would be fitting if Federer had the chance to secure the Laver Cup for Team Europe in front of his adoring home fans in Geneva - and depending on what happens in the first two rubbers, it’s certainly possible.

Federer holds a 7-2 record over Isner in their head-to-head, including a victory in the 2018 Laver Cup and a win in their last clash in the 2019 Miami Masters final earlier this season - although Isner was dealing with a serious foot injury during that encounter. The Swiss is unbeaten in the Laver Cup this weekend, teaming up with Zverev to beat Denis Shapovalov and Sock in the doubles on Day 1, while he produced a great fightback to overcome Kyrgios in singles on Saturday.

Isner is also unbeaten, although he has played just one match, also coming back from a set down to topple Alexander Zverev, surging away with the match tiebreak 10-1. It’s got to be considered a danger match for Federer and Team Europe - Isner thrives in the best-of-three format, especially with a match tiebreak, and has the confidence of beating Federer twice before.

Match 4: Alexander Zverev (Europe) vs Milos Raonic (World), to follow


Again, depending on the three earlier results, the 2019 Laver Cup could potentially come down to the final match of the tournament between Zverev and Raonic. Despite being the younger man by six years, Zverev has all the experience when it comes to Laver Cup, playing seven matches in the tournament over the last three years to Raonic’s one - which the Canadian lost in straight sets on Saturday to Nadal.

However, Zverev has been having a tough season and lost his only previous singles match of the weekend on Saturday to Isner - although he did score a win with Federer in doubles on Day 1. Raonic also leads their head-to-head 2-1, winning their last two encounters - including a straight sets demolition in the fourth round of the Australian Open at the start of the season. If the Laver Cup trophy is indeed on the line, it will be a pressure-filled clash between two players with a career-high ranking of No. 3 but who are currently operating well below their best - who will be able to handle the occasion better and come away with the victory for their team?


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Laver Cup 2019 Day 3 live streaming, preview and tips - Federer and Nadal to play doubles as Team Europe target third straight Laver Cup

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