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Cameron Norrie loses Laver Cup debut as Team World draws 4-4

Cameron Norrie failed to step in Rafael Nadal’s footsteps on day two of the Laver Cup. Team Europe and Team World are level 4-4 and he finished his afternoon session at the O2 on Saturday.

British number one Norrie played in an emotional doubles clash with Roger Federer on Friday night, but replaced Nadal, who always seemed unlikely to appear in singles in a Ryder Cup-style team competition. entrusted.

USA’s Taylor Fritz was Norry’s opponent in the second match of the session in the pair’s 11th meeting at the Davis Cup earlier this month.

Norrie won the opportunity but lost to the 24-year-old 6-1 4-6 10-8 in London, putting Team World firmly in contention for the title after teammate Felix Auger-Aliassime lost first. helped maintain. To Matteo Berrettini.

Fritz, ranked 12th in the world, said on the court: “There’s a really big difference between 6-2 and 4-4. We were both nervous, but I like being in this position and it’s good for the team. I was happy to do it.”

Friday night was all about Federer’s final appearance, but just 12 hours after he bid a tearful farewell, he was back on the bench for Team Europe to face an opponent in an event he set up. supported the team.

Berrettini was drafted for the position of Swiss greats and maintained his dominance over Auger-Aliassime, taking four wins in five meetings, but fell short of another marathon contest between the duos. Only later proved to be a good enough understudy.

The Italian took almost three hours to beat a young impostor at the Laver Cup in Boston last year and will have to dig deep again to win 7-6 (11) 4-6 10-7. did not. Here a forehand winner, a 132 mph ace and a mighty drop His shot sent him home.

Federer has provided in-match coaching to the former Wimbledon finalist, and that advice was graciously taken by world number 15 after a memorable eve.

“I’m really happy to be here and it’s an honor to represent Team Europe in singles on his behalf,” Berrettini said.

“Having the chance to live like yesterday is something that will live forever in my heart and brain.

Laver Cup 2022 – Day 2 – O2 Arena
Matteo Berrettini congratulates Roger Federer and Andy Murray (John Walton/PA)

“I’m not lying when I say I’m here because of him. Like he was someone I really looked up to. He was someone I was rooting for.” I remember crying because he was crying after he lost the final in Australia.

“For me, living in these moments really means everything. I had a hard time sleeping. I was so excited.

“Of course I’m really happy to win, but I feel like this weekend we’re celebrating something bigger than tennis and the Laver Cup. It’s just him.