Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Novak Djokovic hits partner Roger Federer during Laver Cup match

Novak Djokovic hits partner Roger Federer during Laver Cup match

The match also a hilarious moment play out between them when Djokovic accidentally struck the ball on Federer's waist.

Team World remain just two points behind their European rivals after a clean sweep in the night session of the Laver Cup made it 7-5 in Chicago.

Djokovic, who along with Roger Federer, was representing Team Europe in a double's match against USA's Jack Sock and South Africa's Kevin Anderson, smashed a forehand straight onto Federer's back and covered his face straight away before rubbing Federer's back as they lost the point.

"It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an incredible atmosphere".

Federer and Djokovic went on to lose the match after a tiebreaker 6-7, 6-3, 10-6.

Team Europe will now head into Day 2 with 3-1 lead after Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund and David Goffin pulled off singles win against Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock and Diego Schwartzman respectively to make it 3-0 for Europe.

The tennis Big Shots in Chicago for the Laver Cup
The tennis Big Shots in Chicago for the Laver Cup

Bjorn Borg's favoured Team Europe are trying to defend their crown against Team World which is captained by the legendary John McEnroe.

The roars at the United Center were reserved more for underdogs Team World but there was no escaping Federer's casual brilliance against Kyrgios.

Djokovic, who has won the last two Grand Slams to move to within six of Federer's record tally, missed the inaugural tournament a year ago due to an elbow injury.

Four matches remain on Sunday, each worth three points, with doubles to be followed by three singles rubbers.

Earlier in the day, Federer and German Alexander Zverev sparked Europe by winning their singles matches, the Swiss rolling past Kyrgios 6-3 6-2.

The second set was a similarly cagey affair, going with serve for the first ten games - then Sock broke Edmund, who was playing his first match since his US Open defeat to Paolo Lorenzi, and held his own to take it 7-5 and force a third-set tie-break.

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The Swiss global took just 10 minutes to make an impact, although he was helped by some good fortune as he broke the deadlock. Mohamed Salah ended his mini goal crisis by giving Liverpool a cushion with the third goal just before the half-time.

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