Team Europe took a ten point lead over Team World after the end of day two of the Laver Cup at TD Garden in Boston.

It was an exciting game and we just managed to end it in the best possible way with a stellar performance in a [match] decisive game. Stefanos Tsitsipas

Bjorn Borg’s side dominated the game on Matchday 2 of the team event, winning all four matches to bring the score to 11-1 with just one day to play.

This is the biggest lead that Team Europe (which has never lost the Laver Cup in the three previous editions), has held before the last day.

But as captain Borg said after his team shut out their opponents, “It’s not over yet.”

And he’s right. Sweden’s counterpart John McEnroe may have a real mountain to climb, but with points dropping to three for every win for the last four games on Sunday, Team World could pull it off by inflicting a similar wash on visitors to get the 13 points. required to win the Laver Cup.

Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas keep up the pressure

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An impossible task perhaps given the confidence that circulates through the Europeans especially as they have gotten their teeth into the all-conquering doubles combination of John Isner and Nick Kyrgios who suffered his first defeat in the competition in four participations in the Laver Cup.

They were beaten by Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas who had the honor of closing the day’s program but had to recover after losing three set points in the first set tie-break before getting a 6-7 (8) 6-3 10 -4 win.

“It took a while to adjust. Me and Andrey, I think it was the first time we played together, but certainly very happy with the quality of tennis that we brought to the court in the second set and later, ”Tsitsipas said. “It was an exciting game and we just managed to end it in the best possible way with a stellar performance in a [match] decisive game. “

It was a fitting way to end the day. A fighting performance because, as in the first set, Rublev and Tsitsipas took the advantage 5-1 in the tie-break of the match but, on this occasion, resisted their opponents.

“The thing is in my head that I was trying to [let] Stefanos just to be the leader on the pitch… especially in the first set, ”commented Rublev of their partnership.

“But then, from the second set, I started to play really well. In the [match] tie-break, we both played amazingly.

Stefanos Tsitsipas shakes hands with Nick Kyrgios after winning opener

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The day started with Tsitsipas’ victory over Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 in a lackluster performance from the Australian who could only briefly show signs of the talent he possesses.

The Australian had five break points at the end of the second set and if he had just converted one it might well have been the thrilling game everyone expected he would never lose to the Greek before.

“Coming in with a negative record, of course, you want to change that and get at least one win, which I’m very happy about,” Tsitsipas said after scoring his first win over the Australian in three attempts.

“It took a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication during this game. It was quite scary too.

“I have found ways to shut it down in the best possible way.”

The defeat left 95th Kyrgios in a thoughtful mood about his future. “I’m enjoying every moment here at this special event… I don’t take anything for granted to be here again,” he said.

“I’m not saying it’s my last Laver Cup, but I don’t know how long I’ll be playing tennis. So it was just awesome. I took advantage of every moment today.

John Isner falls to Alexander Zverev in game two

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Alexander Zverev followed and survived a 22-ace play-off delivered by Isner in a game that from the start could only be settled by tie-breaks. And it turned out with the two separate sets and the German took the tie-break victory of the match, 7-6 (5) 6-7 (6) 10-5, later saying: “To be honest , I played a very good match “,

Denis Shapovalov shakes hands with his winner, Daniil Medvedev

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To complete the whitewash when it comes to singles, world number two and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev did a very light job on Denis Shapovalov, passing the Canadian 6-4 6-0.

“Honestly, I played amazingly, especially the second set,” said a very satisfied Medvedev, winner of 16 of his last 17 matches.

“I didn’t know what to expect because after the US Open I didn’t play for a week and a half, I came here, I trained as much as I could last three days. So I didn’t hit that many balls, but I felt surprisingly good.

“(At) the start it wasn’t easy, the ball wasn’t going as fast as I wanted it to, it was playing really well. And then, yeah, I couldn’t miss a ball anymore. I’m really happy with it.

Can McEnroe’s team stop the European bandwagon? He will have to mount the biggest riposte in young Laver Cup history and it will be Reilly Opelka and Dens Shapovalov in the opening double against Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev to get the ball rolling on Sunday.

That would see a mission impossible with Team Europe requiring just one win on Sunday’s four-game schedule.

Sunday program
The Europe team first
Andrey Rublev & Alexander Zverev v Reilly Opelka & Denis Shapovalov.
Zverev vs. Félix Auger Aliassime
Daniil Medvedev vs. Diego Schwartzman
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. John Isner