Laver Cup 2018 is underway this week in Chicago. After Day 1, Team Europe was off to the exact start that they were looking for.
The second edition of the Laver Cup is going down in Chicago this weekend. After Day 1, it is the defending champion Team Europe who remains in control. Going out to a 3-1 lead after the first day of action, they must be considered the favorite to repeat yet again.
In the Day 1 action, Grigor Dimitrov came out of the gates hot, defeating Frances Tiafoe in straight sets. While Tiafoe put up a fight in the second set, it was Dimitrov winning 6–1, 6–4.
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Then, British tennis star Kyle Edmund found himself up against rising American star Jack Sock. The young American has struggled in his singles matches so far on the 2018 ATP World Tour and could be looking to regain some momentum at the Laver Cup before he heads back into ATP action.
Sock would not get the start he wanted though. Despite taking the second set, it would be Edmund who emerges on top after their meeting.
David Goffin closed out the singles play at Day 1 of the Laver Cup, defeating Diego Schwartzman 6–4, 4–6, [11–9]. Day 1 closes out, however, with Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock taking their doubles match over tennis greats Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
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Djokovic and Federer have largely dominated the entire 2018 ATP World Tour alongside the likes of Rafael Nadal and few others. They could not keep up with Anderson and Sock who gained momentum in the second set that carried them toward a victory. The 3-1 Team Europe lead is just the start they were looking for. Saturday brings several highly anticipated singles matches, including that between Federer and Australian star Nick Kyrgios. Djokovic will square off against Anderson in a singles meeting and Alexander Zverev will take on American veteran John Isner. The towering Isner is also celebrating the birth of his daughter this past week. Check back to see how Day 2 unfolds at the 2018 Laver Cup.