Laver Cup Flashback: Kyrgios and Sock defeat Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych

Rafael Nadal had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Laver Cup, which was held in Prague. On the first day of competition, the Spaniard and Tomas Berdych on the court together for an action-packed match between Team Europe and Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios.

After losing three singles matches, Team World triumphed 6-3, 6-7, and 10-7 in an hour and 48 minutes. This was their first Laver Cup victory. With 12 aces, Nick and Jack outscored their opponents by eight points. Although they were unable to break their rivals, Rafa and Tomas continued to play aggressively after the first set to excite the fans.

For an early advantage, Kyrgios served first and held at love. At 1-1, Sock added another excellent hold, and a few minutes later Nadal sealed the outcome at 2-2. When Kyrgios smashed a backhand winner down the line to give Team World a 4-2 lead in the sixth game, they broke Berdych’s serve.

Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal were defeated at the 2017 Laver Cup in Prague.

In game seven, Jack’s thunderous serve prevented a break point and his ace down the T line gave his team a 5-2 lead. Rafa won the eighth game to extend the set, and Jack won the next game to close it out 6-3 in 31 minutes with a stunning volley.

In the second set, Nadal saved two break points with Tomas after holding after deuce with 1-1. Sock scored four points in a row to secure his release and even the score at 2-2. Nick blasted a service winner toward Tomas to tie the score at 5-5 after serving to extend the set at 4-5.

In games 11 and 12, both teams contributed well to the introduction of a tie break. With a deft volley near the net, Nadal gave Team Europe a 4-2 lead. Kyrgios then scored a return winner to cut the margin to 5-4. In the tenth point, Rafa responded well at the net for a score of 6-4, but their opponents saved both set points for a score of 6-6.

Another mini-break was won by Nadal and Berdych, and the home player then stroked a service winner to clinch the breaker 9-7. With a service winner in the match tie break, Nick evened the score at 4-4 before winning the following one with a forehand down the line.

The Europeans climbed back to 6-6 before Jack smashed a forehand return winner to make it 6-4. In the fifteenth point, Tomas blasted a volley error at the goal, leaving his team 8-7 down and giving the opposing team a lift. For 9-7 and two match chances, Nick won a service point. He then saved both with an ace down the T line to end the match and spark wild celebrations.