Ruud can with Opelka to give the first point to Europe

With the founder and promoter of the competition, Roger Federer, dressed for the street and much applauded in the stands of the TD Garden in Boston, this Friday the fourth edition of the Laver Cup started, the competition that pits a team of tennis players from Europe against another from the Rest of the World. The home of the NBA Celtics, with no capacity limit, enjoyed a start starring the legend that gives the event its name, the Australian Rod Laver, who participated in the draw prior to the opening game they played the 22-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud and the American Reilly Opelka (24) and that ended with the triumph of the first, the top-10 of the Rafa Nadal Academy, who won 6-3 and 7-6 (4) to overtake the Old Continent (1-0).

“I was nervous at first, in a big packed stadium, but then I tried to enjoy the moment and trying to play without pressure,” said Ruud, which tried to “neutralize the service” of Opelka. Casper said it had been an honor “to play against two of the great legends of the sport”, such as Federer and Laver.

The Italian Berrettini against the Canadian Auger Aliassime and the Russian Rublev against the Argentine Schwartzman also play on the first day, which will complete the duels duel between Italian Matteo Berrettini and German Alexander Zverev and American John Isner and Canadian Danis Shapovalov. This Saturday (from 19:00 Spanish time, Eurosport), second day.

Results and classification.

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