London, England) – In his first game at number 2 in the world, Norwegian Casper Ruud had no easy time opening the Laver Cup. He faced a very firm Jack Sock on the other side of the court, but in the end he managed to knock the American down by 2 sets to 1, with the final score of 6/4, 5/7 and 10-7, after 1h49 of the match. .
With Ruud’s triumph, the European team takes the lead in the dispute and tries to maintain the hegemony in the competition, having won all editions of the tournament until then. In the sequence, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will try to extend the advantage in the marker against the Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
The match couldn’t start better for the current US Open runner-up, with the Norwegian winning the first three games of the dispute. He managed the advantage until the final stretch, but was broken back when he served to close. However, Ruud pressured Sock’s serve again, and took advantage of the fourth break he had in the tenth game to close the end.
The balance was even greater in the second set, with the two rivals keeping their services until 5/5. In the 11th, the Norwegian did not do well and ended up broken from zero. Sock then didn’t let the opportunity pass, and confirmed right after the break, tied the game and took the definition to the match-tiebreak.
In the final tiebreaker, the American started scaring and won the first three points, but then came the reaction of Ruud who won the next sets. The Norwegian even opened 7-4 and had two serves, but lost both. Sock this time hesitated and didn’t take advantage of the moment, missed an easy volley near the net and went back to being a mini-break behind, in a difference that remained until the end.