Led by Alexander Zverev’s win over Milos Raonic on Sunday night in Geneva, Team Europe managed to win the Laver Cup over Team World for the third straight year.

The last day of the competition began with Team Europe’s lead of seven points to five. However, the final day matches were worth three points each, so there was plenty of room left for excitement.

First on the schedule was the doubles match in which Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas took on the American duo of John Isner and Jack Sock. The first set went in favour of the Swiss-Greek combo 7–5. However, the Americans bounced back winning the second set 6–4. It all came down to the final tiebreak in which Isner and Sock prevailed, winning it 10–8 and giving Team World the first lead of the Cup.

In the second match, the world number five Dominic Thiem was the heavy favourite against Taylor Fritz. However, the American Next-Gen would make a huge upset, winning in the deciding tiebreak 10–5, and giving Team World a four-point lead heading into the final two matches.

Federer, who never lost a singles match in Laver Cup, continued his win streak and managed to beat John Isner in straight sets, bringing his team within one point.

It all came down to Alexander Zverev of Germany and Milos Raonic of Canada. Sasha converted his second breakpoint on 3–3, which was enough for him to book the first set. The Canadian retaliated in the second, taking a commanding 4–2 lead early on.

The final game of the second set kept fans on the edge of their seats, as Zverev missed out on four breakpoint opportunities, after which Raonic converted on his second set point with an ace to carry the match into a decider.

The winner of the trophy was going to be decided in the first-to-10-points super tiebreak. The German would prove to have stronger nerves as he took five points against Raonic’s serve in the tiebreak, including the one on match point. The final score was 10–4.

Team Europe won their third Laver Cup in as many years, denying Team World a chance to lift their maiden trophy in this competition.

“I’m super happy and super thankful to Rafa, Roger, and the rest of the team. Without them on the bench, I wouldn’t have done it,” said the 22-year-old Zverev who hopes that this win will spike his confidence back as he enters the finish of the season.

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