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Laver Cup 2021: Team World player ratings

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Team World were denied a Laver Cup triumph yet again as they suffered a rout at the hands of Team Europe at the event’s fourth event.

In a year when none of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic played, Team World missed possibly their best chance yet to win the event.

Join Tennishead for a look at our ratings on how each member of Team World performed.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, 3 out of 10

  • Singles loss vs. Matteo Berrettini, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 8-10.

As the highest ranked player for Team World, there was certainly plenty of pressure on the 21-year-old to deliver. The young Canadian was not able to hold out under that pressure, fighting hard but eventually losing out in his Laver Cup debut agains the Wimbledon runner-up.

Auger-Aliassime secured just one of 13 break point opportunities in the match, including two at 5-5 in the second that would have set him up to serve for the match. Finally, the world number 11 was also 7-6 up on his serve in the match tiebreak before losing out 10-8.

 

 

Denis Shapovalov, 4 out of 10

  • Doubles win with John Isner vs Matteo Berrettini/Alexander Zverev, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-1.
  • Singles loss vs Daniil Medvedev, 4-6, 0-6.
  • Doubles loss with Reilly Opelka vs Andrey Rublev/Alexander Zverev, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4, 3-10.

Shapovalov was playing his third Laver Cup, only missing out in 2018, but was unable to reverse the outcome of the past three for his team.

After starting strong by securing a first point for Team World on day one, it would prove their only victory at the event.

Shapovalov lost handily to world number two Medvedev the next day before being on the wrong end of the result that clinched the title for Team Europe on day three.

 

 

Diego Schwartzman, 3 out of 10

  • Singles loss vs Andrey Rublev, 6-4, 3-6, 9-11.

Schwartzman played out a back-and-forth affair against the Russian in his second Laver Cup appearance, three years after his last in 2018.

Despite taking the first set, the Argentine was unable to capitalise, losing the second and a tight match tiebreak, missing the chance to level the event at 1-1 after two singles matches.

Schwartzman was not able to redeem himself either, the match with Rublev being his only on-court contribution at the 2021 event.

 

 

Reilly Opelka, 3 out of 10

  • Singles loss vs Casper Ruud, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7).
  • Doubles loss with Denis Shapovalov vs Andrey Rublev/Alexander Zverev, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-10.

The Toronto Masters runner-up lost out to his Cincinnati Masters conqueror Ruud in his Laver Cup debut, being broken twice in the opening set before losing the second in a tiebreak without much of a fight.

The big-serving American played well alongside Shapovalov in the final doubles match of the tournament, but ultimately fell just short to hand the title over to Team Europe.

 

 

John Isner, 4 out of 10

  • Doubles win with Denis Shapovalov vs Matteo Berrettini/Alexander Zverev, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-1.
  • Singles loss vs Alexander Zverev, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 5-10.
  • Doubles loss with Nick Kyrgios vs Andrey Rublev/Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 4-10.

Isner was making his fourth consecutive Laver Cup appearance, boasting a 5-4 win-loss record at the event prior to 2021.

After securing a point for Team World in the first doubles match of the competition, the 36-year-old took both of his remaining matches to match tiebreaks, but suffered defeat in both.

 

Nick Kyrgios, 3 out of 10

  • Singles loss vs Stefanos Tsitsipas, 3-6, 4-6.
  • Doubles loss with John Isner vs Andrey Rublev/Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 4-10.

Finally, another four-time Laver Cup competitor in Kyrgios was not as fortunate as Isner to at least secure a win at the 2021 event.

Kyrgios lost straightforwardly to world number three Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, before wasting a set lead alongside Isner in the day two doubles match, a tie where a win could have kept Team World with hope at 9-3 rather than 11-1 heading into the final day.

 

 

Take a look at our player ratings for Team Europe too!


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