The inaugural Laver Cup befell in September 2017 in Prague, honoring the tennis legend and gathering a robust subject of gamers. The primary conflict between Group Europe and Group World occurred on September 22, with Marin Cilic delivering the primary level for the blue squad.
Cilic toppled Frances Tiafoe 7-6, 7-6 in an hour and 50 minutes at O2 Enviornment, prevailing in a good contest and sending his staff in entrance. Marin stayed centered in each tie breaks, securing a spot in historical past as the primary winner of the Laver Cup match.
The Croat served at 73%, blasting 17 aces and throwing all the pieces at his younger opponent. Tiafoe claimed solely 15 return factors, delivering one break and defending three out of 4 break possibilities to stay aggressive regardless of dropping 35% of the factors in his video games.
The younger American led 4-1 within the second set earlier than the Croat pulled the break again and emerged on the prime in straight units.
Marin Cilic and Frances Tiafoe battled within the first Laver Cup match in 2017.
Each gamers discovered the vary behind the preliminary shot proper from the beginning, embracing six comfy holds and locking the consequence at 3-3.
The returners discovered some tempo in seven and eight, with each rivals lacking a break probability to remain neck and neck. That they had nothing to work with within the remaining 4 video games, taking one level and introducing a tie break. The extra skilled participant saved his focus, delivering 4 mini-breaks and clinching the breaker 7-3.
Tiafoe stayed aggressive, denying two break possibilities within the second set’s third recreation and gaining a lift. Frances broke Marin within the fourth recreation, erasing the rival’s two recreation factors and forging a 3-1 benefit. Tiafoe held after deuce in recreation 5 to increase the hole, trying good to drive the match tie break.
As a substitute, Cilic raised his stage, serving properly and pulling the break again. Marin misplaced one level on serve within the ultimate 4 video games, breaking again at 2-4 and returning to the optimistic aspect. They served properly in the remainder of the set, making the second tie break inevitable.
As a substitute of extra drama, Cilic claimed all seven factors to emerge on the prime. The Croat landed a backhand down the road winner for 3-0 and claimed the following level with a mighty forehand. One other backhand down the road winner provided Marin six match factors, and he seized the primary with an ace to emerge on the prime in fashion.