Laver Cup Rewind: Roger Federer defeats Nick Kyrgios with ease

The Laver Cup’s second iteration was held in Chicago in September 2018. Team Europe was captained by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who skipped the opening day’s singles events. The blue team went up 3-0 thanks to Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund, and David Goffin, and Roger and Novak played the night match while playing on the same side of the court for the first time.

Federer faced Nick Kyrgios in his opening singles match on the second day. In addition to a memorable meeting at the Laver Cup the previous year, the Swiss and the Australian played four thrilling matches on the Tour. A few weeks prior to their Chicago match, Federer had defeated Kyrgios at the US Open. He also dominated this match.

Nick was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by Roger in 65 minutes thanks to his outstanding serve and return. The Swiss never faced a break point and gave up 12 points after the opening shot. He intercepted nearly half of the return points, creating five break opportunities.

In Chicago in 2018, Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios in 65 minutes.

Roger made three of his three attempts to secure the victory and put Team Europe ahead 7-1. Early on, Federer got his groove, and he never lost it. He quickly rose to the top by serving and forehanding while maintaining the points on his racquet.

Nick delivered a thunderous serve to tie the match at 1-1 after Roger held at 15 in the opening game. In the fourth game, Kyrgios blasted a backhand error and lost three break points. The Swiss won the second and opened a 3-1 lead with a backhand down the line.

In game five, Roger won with another another backhand down the line to extend his lead and find a comfortable rhythm. In game six, Kyrgios held at 15, but Federer won with a forehand in game seven to take a 5-2 lead. The Australian cut the deficit to 5-3 by winning the eighth game with a forehand winner.

In game nine, the Swiss served for the set and won the game 6-3 in 32 minutes. With momentum on his side, Roger hit a forehand winner to open up three break points in the second set. He won the opening round with a forehand down the line to establish an early lead and advance toward the finish line.

In those instants, Federer took out across the court, winning the second game with a service winner for a score of 6-3, 2-0 in just under 40 minutes! After a dramatic exchange, Roger won the next game with a half-volley winner and set up a break opportunity.

Roger won the second with a winning forehand after Nick blocked it with an ace. The Swiss won it to increase their lead to 4-1 and then won the following game with a service victory, forcing their opponent to serve in order to tie the match.

With a smash winner to end the seventh game, Roger served for the win with the score at 5-2. Federer earned two match points with an ace, and he converted the second with a serve winner to win the point and advance.