Roger Federer offered his teammate Novak Djokovic some coaching tips during his surprising defeat to Team World’s Kevin Anderson on day two of the Laver Cup.
Anderson shocked the tennis world last night exacting revenge for his Wimbledon final defeat earlier in the year by beating Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 10-6, showcasing not only his relentless power from the baseline but also his mental toughness which has seen the South African reach two Grand Slam finals in the past year.
The Johannesburg-born giant served with precision and power throughout the match, reaching speeds of over 140mph and smashing down 17 aces, while errors from his Serbian rival meant Djokovic once again failed to record a point for Team Europe after Friday’s doubles loss with Federer.
One of the most unforgettable moments of the dramatic encounter came just before the start of the deciding tie-breaker when the Swiss maestro offered the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion some much-needed advice.
You can see how often Djokovic turned to his rival-turned-teammate in the videos below - it makes for a truly fascinating watch.
Sky Sports tennis analyst Mark Petchy described Federer’s advice as “great coaching“ with the pundit adding that the 37-year-old is “so in-tune with the sport.”
Federer‘s tennis brain is like no other, he has mastered the tactical side of the game and it comes as no surprise that Team Europe’s stars have turned to the Swiss Icon for advice during difficult times on court.
The Swiss superstar comfortably dispatched a dangerous threat in Nick Kyrgios earlier in the day and Alex Zverev recorded a victory over John Isner in a nail-biter that ended 10-7 in the deciding tie-breaker, leaving Team Europe on 7 points.
Team World needed a response and both Anderson and the doubles pairing of Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock recorded victories to conclude day two, leaving John McEnroe's side on five points.
Play resumes today with the tournament’s final four matches worth three points apiece with everything to play for.
Tennis fans can expect high-intensity action from the get-go and a double dose of Federer as the 37-year-old legend will appear in both the opening doubles match - partnering Germany’s Alex Zverev - and the following singles contest against American giant and serving king John Isner.News Now - Sport News