Team Europe got off to a good start at the fifth edition of the Laver Cup in London. Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas scored singles victories to give the blue team a 2-0 lead for the remaining games of the opening day.
World No. 2 Casper Ruud faced Jack Sock in the first game of the competition and delivered a 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 victory over Jack Sock in an hour and 47 minutes. Both players took two breaks and remained neck and neck until the final phase of the match tie-break.
The Roland Garros and US Open finalist played at a high level in the first seven games of the opening set. Casper broke Jack in the second game after the American’s loose forehand and barely dropped a point in his service games to open a 5-2 lead.
Sock found the rhythm after that early setback and stayed within one break deficit.
Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas scored early victories in the Laver Cup.
Jack landed a backhand past the line winner at 3-5 to pull back the break and extend the set.
Casper started all over and grabbed the fourth set point on the return in game ten to take the opener 6-4. Both players served well in the first ten games of the second set to stay at 5-5. Suddenly, Casper shot a forehand foul in game 11 to experience a love break and push Jack forward.
The American landed a dropshot winner at 6-5 to round out the set and enter a match tiebreak. With a boost on his side, Sock led 3-0, before Ruud lapped out six straights and advanced 6-3 with a service winner.
Jack climbed back to 6-7 and 7-8 to push the rival to its limits. Still, Team World player scored an easy forehand to come down 9-7, and Casper sent Team Europe over the top with a forehand down the line winner in the 17th run.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman competed in the second game of the day and the Greek proved too strong. Stefanos defeated Diego 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 16 minutes to give Team Europe a 2-0 lead. Controlling the tempo on the serve and return, Tsitsipas rushed to the net and secured five breaks to leave the opponent behind.
Stefanos hit the zone early and took the opener 6-2. The Greek pushed even harder in set number two, dropping one game en route to a routine win.