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Loss of Federer and Djokovic in a Doubles Match

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson and American Jack Sock battled Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in a doubles match for the first time, beating them in the Lafayette Cup tennis tournament.

In the first day of the cup held in Chicago and continued until Sunday, the Swiss, ranked second in the world and the third Serbian, lost in the doubles match 7-6, 3-6, 6-10, ending the first day with the progress of the “Europe Team” 3-1.

In the previous games Friday, Bulgarian Gregor Dimitrov beat American Francis Tiago 6-1, 6-4, Belgian David Govan beat Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 4-6, 11-9, and British Kyle Edmund on American Sook 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.

The trophy is in its second edition in the United States (2017 was held in Prague, Czech Republic), with 12 of the world’s best players in two teams. Due to its review nature, the cup matches are shorter than official matches, with the player who precedes the opponent wins two sets. If they are equal to each team, the two players will go straight from 10 points.

The team wins 13 points. There are four matches in each day of the competition, and the points are calculated as follows: a point for the team for each game wins Friday, two points for each Saturday win, and three points for each win on Sunday.

Three singles matches are played daily and one match in doubles. The European team is led by former Swedish player Bjorn Borg, while former US star John McEnroe leads the world team. The team includes Europe, as well as Federer, Djokovic, Dimitrov, Edmund and Govan, Alexander Zverev, while World Team Sock, Schwarzman, Tiago, Anderson, Australian Nick Kirius and American John Eisner.

The trophy bears the name of former Australian tennis player Rod Laver, who has won 200 titles in men’s singles tennis, including 11 Grand Slam titles and five Davis Cup titles.

The trophy was launched last year at the initiative of Federer in particular, won by the European team last year 15-9.

It is similar to the Rider Cup in golf, which is held every two years between two teams from the United States and Europe. France will host the next edition of the Ryder Cup between September 28 and 30.

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