US star Francis Tiafoe’s victory means Roger Federer’s defeat in tennis final: NPR

Frances Tiafoe of the World Team plays against Stefanos Tsitsipas of the European Team during their singles tennis match on the third day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London on Sunday.

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Frances Tiafoe of the World Team plays against Stefanos Tsitsipas of the European Team during their singles tennis match on the third day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London on Sunday.

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American star Francis Tiafoe ruined tennis legend Roger Federer’s storied ending with an outstanding victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men’s Laver Cup tennis tournament.

Tiafoe beat Tsitsipas 1:6, 7:6, 10:8 in match 11 of the series, giving his world team a 13:8 victory over Europe. This meant that superstar Roger Federer, who played for Europe, lost. his last tournament as a tennis player. This was the first time Team World had won the tournament, the fifth time it had been held.

Tiafoe played a big part in the series, teaming with fellow American Jack Sock on Friday night to beat Federer and Rafael Nadal in doubles, which was Federer’s last match. That night, Federer and longtime rival Nadal were photographed crying together and holding hands in an emotional celebration of a long career that saw Federer win 20 Grand Slam titles. He announced his retirement this month, shortly after women’s tennis star Serena Williams announced plans to retire from tennis.

European captain Bjorn Borg (right) holds the hand of his player Roger Federer at the end of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London on Sunday.

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European captain Bjorn Borg (right) holds the hand of his player Roger Federer at the end of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London on Sunday.

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Federer admitted that he didn’t enjoy losing. “Yes, of course, I am disappointed. I was on the team, I almost lost my voice, and my hands hurt from applause, ”said the 41-year-old athlete. “We would like the result to be different. I told Andy [Murray] in the locker room, I don’t like to lose. It’s not fun. It just doesn’t leave the best taste, you know. I think once you’ve been there and you feel like success, it’s not the same anymore.

“I hope tonight can still be something of an enjoyable evening. Of course, this weekend was all over the place for me. I liked it, but it’s a shame we couldn’t win.”

Team Europe was ahead 8-4 early in the day but fell behind after Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Soc beat Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini in doubles. Auger-Aliassime then beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 in singles.

Tiafoe refused to apologize for beating Federer in his last game, joking: [Federer] “He has a lot to apologize for in the last 24 years after beating everyone on tour.”

“No, I will not apologize, but I will say thank you for inviting me to this amazing event, you know what he did for the game, and also thank you for what he did for the game. He’s a great actor. Glad to know him, happy to call him a friend, happy to call him a colleague and wish you all the best in the second act, but I won’t apologize.”

John McEnroe coached Team World and Bjorn Borg coached Team Europe. McEnroe said the 2023 Laver Cup in Vancouver would be his last. Fellow and rival player Borg said he would likely retire from the tournament.

“I think it will probably be the same for me,” Borg admitted. “This is the fifth year and if we can be another year in six, three times in Europe and three times in North America, that would be perfect. I am very happy to make another one, yes, like John, too. spend with these great players.”

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