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Thiem wins Laver Cup opener against Shapovalov

Thiem wins Laver Cup opener against Shapovalov

20/09/2019 at 15:21Updated 20/09/2019 at 16:29

Dominic Thiem wins Laver Cup opener 6-4 5-7 13-11 against Denis Shapovalov as Europe level in Geneva.

Austrian world no.5 Thiem put an end to a losing streak stretching back to the Canadian Open in early August by winning a nail-biting third-set Super Tiebreak with Canadian Shapovalov.

Thiem broke Shapovalov's serve early on and never faced a break point off his own serve in a dominant first set performance.

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But the second set saw the Canadian world no.20 turn the pressure up on his opponent, breaking Thiem to love late in the second set to take the match to a final set Super Tiebreak.

Shapovalov fought back from two points down on three occasions to keep the match alive, and went from 5-7 down to earn two match points at 9-7 up. Thiem survived, winning the next two and levelling the scores at 9-9, and wasted a match point himself minutes later before finally taking the set 13-11.

Jack Sock beat Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-6 in the afternoon singles to level for the rest of the world team against Europe.

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