Felix-Shelton duo brought Team World to the threshold of title


Vancouver (Uttam Hindu News): Team World moved one win closer to retaining their Laver Cup title when Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton defeated Hubert Hurkacz and Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-4 to send John McEnroe’s team into the round of 10 against Team Europe. Gave lead by -2. Competing here, Canadian Auger-Aliassime and American Shelton won 81 percent (42/52) of points on their first serve and saved all three break points they faced to clinch the victory after one hour and 23 minutes.

After Casper Ruud gave Team Europe the first point on Saturday, Frances Tiafoe added two points to Team World’s tally by defeating Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3, increasing her team’s lead over Team Europe to 8-2. happened. Not only was the American trying to stop Team Europe’s momentum after Casper Ruud won his second match of the day, but Tiafoe was trying to flip the script against Hubert Hurkacz, who had won his last three Lexus ATP head-to-heads. Had won the head clash.

In her first Laver Cup match, Polish world No. 16 Hurkacz started strong. She held set point at 5–4 on Tiafoe’s serve, only to force her opponent out of trouble. Tiafoe got her first break of the match in the very next game, when the 26-year-old Hurkacz hit a forehand wide. Full of confidence once she regained the lead, Tiafoe closed out the opening set and then produced a stunning backhand lob to break Hurkacz’s serve in the opening game of the second set.

Her skills at the net were tested, but Tiafoe took advantage of the opportunity and combined a behind-the-back forehand with a backhand volley winner that brought the crowd at Rogers Arena to its feet. The right-hander maintained his composure to win in one hour and 13 minutes, thanks to the only double fault from his Polish opponent.

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