From Rivals To Teammates, Crew Europe Proves A Drive At Laver Cup

Crew Europe’s expertise was clear main into the 2021 Laver Cup. There have been six of the Prime 10 gamers within the FedEx ATP Rankings on the roster, together with the previous three Nitto ATP Finals champions: Daniil Medvedev (2020), Stefanos Tsitsipas (2019) and Alexander Zverev (2018).

However what was much more particular than their on-court skills was how effectively they got here collectively as a bunch, in accordance with Tsitsipas.

“I’d prefer to thank all of my teammates. They’ve all been type of my rivals, and it’s good to see that now we get to be a part of one group and intention for a similar objectives and for a similar issues,” Tsitsipas stated. “It has been greater than a pleasure to be combating for this trophy, and I feel what’s a very powerful and what stands out this week [are] the reminiscences that now we have constructed and shaped collectively.”

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The likes of Tsitsipas, US Open champion Medvedev and Tokyo Olympics winner Zverev are used to battling one another for trophies. However this weekend, they mixed to grow to be a dominant power at TD Backyard.

“That is what I’ve been most grateful for. Every single one in every of them had one thing to supply. And this expertise is so extraordinary with two unimaginable captains and gamers which can be prepared to present all the pieces for this occasion,” Tsitsipas stated. “I really feel privileged to be standing the place I am at proper now and to be studying from the most effective, and that occurs to be my teammates.”

Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud all made their Laver Cup debuts this yr. They rapidly received used to the group surroundings and are leaving with nice reminiscences. Rublev stated lifting the trophy was one in every of his two most emotional moments of his yr.

“It’s one thing that’s going to remain ceaselessly with me and be a particular second. For positive, I will miss this week so much,” Rublev stated. “In fact on the tennis courtroom [it] was [an] superb ambiance, superb stadium with [an] superb crowd full of individuals, which all of us had been lacking so much, particularly after such a troublesome time.”

The Boston crowd was firmly behind Crew World, however Crew Europe by no means took it personally and sometimes thanked the followers after matches for his or her help. Importantly, they gained 5 of the six Match Tie-breaks contested over the weekend.

“An incredible week for us, I feel I’ve a tremendous group. I am so grateful, I do not know what to say,” Medvedev stated, cracking a smile. “Superb, superb, superb, superb.”

Crew Europe was once more led by Captain Bjorn Borg and Vice Captain Thomas Enqvist. Borg was usually calm on the bench, however he loved each second.

“For me personally as captain, [this] is a very powerful week within the yr,” Borg stated. “I feel all of us are very blissful to defend our title. These are six guys who, like I stated, [are the] way forward for tennis. They play unbelievable tennis.

“Simply to place collectively what we did as a group, it is unbelievable. These guys performed nice tennis, even when [a] few matches had been very shut. However it went our approach. I am very blissful.”

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