September 22, 2019 / 11:40 AM / 25 days ago

Tennis: Zverev completes Laver Cup win for Europe

Tennis - Laver Cup - Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland - September 22, 2019 Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg, vice-captain Thomas Enqvist, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal pose with the trophy after they win the Laver Cup REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

(Reuters) - Alexander Zverev snatched the Laver Cup for Team Europe as he beat Canada’s Milos Raonic in the final rubber of a thrilling three days of action in Geneva on Sunday.

With Rafa Nadal forced out with a hand injury at the start of the day and Roger Federer suffering a doubles defeat, it looked as though John McEnroe’s Team World would take the title.

But after Federer beat John Isner, Germany’s Zverev kept his cool in an electrifying atmosphere to beat Raonic 6-4 3-6 10-4.

It gave Europe a 13-11 overall win and sparked wild celebrations with captain Bjorn Borg, Federer and Nadal racing on to the charcoal-coloured court to swamp Zverev.

Borg’s Europe have now won the title in each of the three years the team event has been staged.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Toby Davis and Pritha Sarkar

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