Federer wins with a little help from friends Nadal and Borg
GENEVA — Coaching each other courtside, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won their singles matches Saturday to help Team Europe retain its lead over Team World on Day 2 of the Laver Cup.
Federer got his great rival's input at his shoulder before rallying late and raising his game in the decisive super-tiebreaker to beat Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-7 in the afternoon session.
"What I really enjoy with Rafa is just that we very often align, our ideas align," said Federer, praising Nadal for "clarity in his advice."
With the European team's captain Bjorn Borg also in the huddle, it brought a total of 50 Grand Slam singles titles together to help Federer edge past Kyrgios. The Australian had world team captain John McEnroe's seven Grand Slam titles in his chair.
Nadal got the favor back from Federer during a 6-3, 7-6 (1) win over Milos Raonic that opened the evening session. He was quickly back on court partnering Stefanos Tsitsipas in the day's doubles rubber.
Kyrgios and Jack Sock won that match 6-4, 3-6, 10-6, scoring two key points for the world team which trails Europe 7-5 ahead of the final four matches Sunday.
John Isner began Saturday's play with a win for Team World, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-1 over Alexander Zverev.
The third edition of the annual Laver Cup is decided Sunday by a doubles match, then three more singles — each worth three points with 13 needed for overall victory.
Federer, who co-owns the Laver Cup competition, delighted a 17,000 crowd in his first singles match in his native Switzerland this season. He partnered Zverev to a doubles win on Friday.
"Today was extremely loud. I don't recall that on the tour ever being almost this loud," the 38-year-old Federer said of the Palexpo indoor arena in Geneva. "You know, if I would have retired a long time ago, I wouldn't have this moment right now."
Federer broke the Kyrgios service at 5-5 in the second set and then produced some of his best tennis in the decisive tiebreaker.
"I think the guy I was playing was just pretty good. Don't you think so?" said Kyrgios, when asked at a post-match news conference if his own play lacked something in key moments.
WTA: American Sofia Kenin wins Guangzhou title over Stosur
GUANGZHOU, China - American Sofia Kenin beat former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Guangzhou International on Saturday for her third WTA singles title of the year.
Kenin won her first singles title of 2019 on the hardcourts of Hobart, Australia in January, and added her second on grass in Mallorca in June.
Stosur, who won the U.S. Open in 2011, was looking to win her first WTA title since Strasbourg in 2017.
At the Toray Pan Pacific tournament, top-seeded and last year's U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka beat Elise Mertens 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final. She will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.
At the Korea Open in Seoul, Yafan Wang beat Karolina Muchova 7-6 (5), 6-4 and will face fourth-seeded Magda Linette of Poland in the final. Linette beat second-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7).
At Tianhe Sports Center
Purse: $500,000 (Intl.)
Sofia Kenin (3), United States, def. Sam Stosur, Australia, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2.
Peng Shuai, China, and Laura Siegemund, Germany, def. Alexa Guarachi, Chile, and Giuliana Olmos, Mexico, 6-2, 6-1.
WTA Korea Open
At Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center
Surface: Hardcourt outdoor
Karolina Muchova (3), Czech Republic, def. Wang Yafan (8), China, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Magda Linette (4), Poland, def. Ekaterina Alexandrova (2), Russia, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7).
Hayley Carter, United States, and Luisa Stefani, Brazil, def. Wang Yafan, China, and Laura Pigossi, Brazil, 6-0, 6-2.
Tatjana Maria, Germany, and Lara Arruabarrena, Spain, def. Kristyna Pliskova and Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic.
WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open
At ITC Tsuyoshi Tennis Center
Purse: $823,000 (Premier)
Naomi Osaka (1), Japan, def. Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan, 6-4, 6-4.
Elise Mertens (9), Belgium, def. Camila Giorgi, Italy, 6-4, 6-3.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, def. Misaki Doi, Japan, 6-2, 6-2.
Naomi Osaka (1), Japan, def. Elise Mertens (9), Belgium, 6-4, 6-1.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, def. Angelique Kerber (4), Germany, 6-3, 6-3.
Hsieh Su-wei and Hsieh Yu-chieh, Taiwan, def. Nadiia Kichenok, Ukraine, and Abigail Spears, United States, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 10-5.
Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan (2), Taiwan, def. Misaki Doi and Nao Hibino, Japan, 6-1, 2-6, 10-7.
Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan (2), Taiwan, def. Hsieh Su-wei and Hsieh Yu-chieh, Taiwan, 7-5, 7-5.
ATP: Medvedev reaches 5th consecutive final in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Daniil Medvedev reached his fifth straight final Saturday in St. Petersburg, continuing his strong form after reaching the final of the U.S. Open.
The top-seeded Russian beat qualifier Egor Gerasimov 7-5, 7-5 in front of his home crowd in Russia and will play Borna Coric in Sunday's final.
In August, Medvedev reached finals in Washington, D.C., Montreal and Cincinnati, winning only in Cincinnati, and then lost the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal on Sept. 8. That run lifted him to fourth in the rankings.
Fourth-seeded Coric beat Joao Sousa 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 to reach his first final since losing to Novak Djokovic in Shanghai 11 months ago.
Coric leads 4-1 in matches with Medvedev and won all of their four previous matches on hard courts, the surface used in St. Petersburg
At Sibur Arena
St. Petersburg, Russia
Surface: Hardcourt indoor
Borna Coric (4), Croatia, def. Joao Sousa, Portugal, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Daniil Medvedev (1), Russia, def. Egor Gerasimov, Belarus, 7-5, 7-5.
Igor Zelenay, Slovakia, and Divij Sharan, India, def. Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor (1), Croatia, 7-5, 6-1.
ATP Moselle Open
At Arenes de Metz
Surface: Hardcourt indoor
Aljaz Bedene, Slovenia, def. Benoit Paire (3), France, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, def. Lucas Pouille (4), France, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).
Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (1), France, def. David Pel and Sander Arends, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-1.