Laver Cup 2022 LIVE: Tsitsipas defeats Schwartzman after dramatic protest before Federer’s last match
Emotional Roger Federer wishes he could ‘go on forever’ as he prepares to retire from tennis
A historic night of tennis awaits in London as Roger Federer bids farewell to the sport and plays the final match of his career alongside Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup. Federer, who will go down as perhaps the greatest champion in tennis history, will retire from the sport at the age of 41 and the moment has brought the sport and his rivals together at the O2 Arena.
Federer’s wish to play his final match with his great rival Nadal has been granted, setting up a special occasion with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also competing for Team Europe. They will be taking on Team World, who are led by John McEnroe and have lost all four previous editions of the matchplay-style event.
Before tonight’s doubles, three singles matches will be played. Casper Ruud won the opening match of the day against Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 (10-7), and was followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas crushing Diego Schwartzman 6-2 6-1 to double Europe’s lead.
However, the match was overshadowed by a bizarre climate change protest in which a man set his arm on fire while on court, while wearing a t-shirt that read: “End UK Private Jets”.
Murray then faces Alex De Minaur before the eyes of the world focus on Federer for a final time and the Swiss brings his legendary career to a close. Follow live updates of the opening day of the Laver Cup, below:
Laver Cup 2022: Tonight’s schedule and results so far
Match 1 – Casper Ruud def. Jack Sock – 6-4 5-7 (10-7)
Match 2 – Stefanos Tsistipas def. Diego Schwartzman – 6-2 6-1
Match 3 – Andy Murray vs Alex De Minaur
Match 4 – Roger Federer / Rafael Nadal vs Jack Sock / Frances Tiafoe
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 17:23
Laver Cup 2022: Europe take early lead after dramatic protest
Well that’s the opening session of the Laver Cup in the books and as predicted, the tournament favourites Europe have stormed into an early lead.
Casper Ruud required some grit to put away the challenge of Jack Sock before Stefanos Tsitsipas was brilliant in crushing Diego Schwartzman.
Team World have their best hopes in the singles tomorrow, where points are worth double, while Alex De Minaur will hope to get them off the mark against Andy Murray later.
However, the day so far has been rather overshadowed by that dramatic protest and stunning images of the man setting himself on fire. Quite remarkable scenes.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 17:12
Laver Cup 2022: Climate change protester sets arm on fire during match
Our attention at the O2 Arena has been taken by a bizarre protest, after a man set his arm on fire while on court.
The incident was not shown by broadcasters, but pictures from courtside showed the man was screaming in agony.
He was then removed from the court by security and was led away from the arena.
Climate change protester sets arm on fire during Laver Cup match
The protester was removed from court and detained
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 16:55
Laver Cup 2022: Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 6-1 Diego Schwartzman – Game, set and match!
A hugely impressive victory for Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Team Europe move into a 2-0 lead after taking both singles matches in the opening session.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 16:53
Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 5-1 Diego Schwartzman
Tsitsipas breaks again! The Greek will now serve for the match.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 16:46
Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 3-1 Diego Schwartzman
Tsitsipas gets ahead once more with a lovely hold – finished with a tapped overhead volley at the net and then a superb inside out forehand that caught the line.
Tsitsipas then breaks again – he is motoring now.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 16:37
Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 1-1 Diego Schwartzman
Tsitsipas returns with agressive hitting from the baseline. A double fault from Schwartzman brings up break point but the return from Tsitsipas goes long, just.
The first is saved but Tsitsipas sets up another with a lovely angled forehand. Schwartzman should save this, too, but he blinks on the overhead! We’re back level again.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 16:29
Laver Cup 2022: Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 0-1 Diego Schwartzman*
Hang on, though. Tsitsipas comes out for the second set – after a brief break in which a towel was required to mop up some moisture on court – and takes a chance on a risky drop shot that misses its mark.
It’s followed by an error and suddenly Schwartzman has two break points – Tsitsipas saves them both with some steely hitting from behind the baseline.
This match has found its edge – some great points in this lengthy deuce… And there’s the break! Tsitsipas had saved three but not the fourth as he frames a forehand. Schwartzman gives Team World hope.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 16:21
Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 Diego Schwartzman – Europe win the opening set
By contrast, Tsitsipas rattles out a hold to love, moving a game away from the set.
He comes out looking determined to finish the job and there’s a tight looking forehand into the net from Schwartzman to set up 15-30.
Brilliant from Tsitsipas! A fitting tribute to Federer from the Greek to dispatch a brilliant one-handed backhand down the line for a clean winner.
Two set points, but he only needs one. Schwartzman goes long and Europe take the opening set again.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 16:09
Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-2 Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman needs all the help he can get as Tiafoe offers some coaching at the bench, while Federer delights fans at courtside by signing a row of tennis balls.
The Argentine connects with a lovely backhand winner but Tsitsipas is really putting the pressure on from the baseline. Schwartzman is dragged to deuce but is able to escape again with the hold.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 16:02