Berrettini, Ruud give Europe Laver lead

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) The pandemic-delayed fourth edition of the Laver Cup - and first without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic participating - began Friday with Team Europe taking a 3-1 lead over Team World thanks to victories in singles from Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev.

Italy's Berrettini, the runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon in July, saved 12 of 13 break points and came back to edge Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime in a match tiebreaker 6-7 (3), 7-5, 10-8.

That came after Norway's Ruud broke American Reilly Opelka in the third game and again to end the opening set along the way to a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory on a hard court at the arena used by the NBA's Celtics and NHL's Bruins.

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2021 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 12,133
2 D. Medvedev 10,575
3 S. Tsitsipas 8,350
4 A. Zverev 7,760
5 A. Rublev 6,130
6 R. Nadal 5,815
7 M. Berrettini 5,173
8 D. Thiem 4,995
9 R. Federer 3,765
10 C. Ruud 3,440
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Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 10,075
2 A. Sabalenka 7,720
3 K. Pliskova 5,315
4 E. Svitolina 4,860
5 B. Krejcikova 4,668
6 I. Swiatek 4,571
7 S. Kenin 4,413
8 N. Osaka 4,326
9 G. Muguruza 4,135
10 P. Kvitova 4,060
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