World team stretches its lead against Europeans


The World Team members need to win just one match against their European opponents to retain their Laver Cup title.

Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe won their singles matches in Vancouver, while the doubles duo of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton were too strong for Hubert Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

Norway’s Casper Ruud was the only successful European player when he beat Tommy Paul 7-6 and 6-2.

According to Ben Shelton, the young American who played against Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open, it is nice to play with an athletic tennis star like Auger-Aliassime.

“We call him ‘Laverbeker Felix’ and it’s fun to be on the same court as him. He always plays at a higher tempo in the Laver Cup weekend and I enjoy playing with him,” said Shelton.

According to Auger-Aliassime, it will be special to walk away with the Laver Cup laurels on his home track.

“Last year we held up the silverware for the first time in London and it would be amazing to repeat the feat on home soil,” said the Canadian player.

Results (Day Two):

Taylor Fritz beat Andrey Rublev 6-2, 7-6

Casper Ruud beat Tommy Paul 7-6 and 6-2

Frances Tiafoe beat Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 and 6-3

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hubert Hurkacz and Gael Monfils 7-5 and 6-4.

Upcoming terms:

Hubert Hurkacz and Andrey Rublev vs. Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe

Casper Ruud vs. Taylor Fritz

Andrey Rublev vs. Frances Tiafoe

Hubert Hurkacz against Felix Auger-Aliassime.