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Alex de Minaur in action against Andy Murray on Friday at Laver Cup.

De Minaur Battles Past Murray To Earn Team World First Point

Scores level at 2-2 after Day 1

Alex de Minaur earned Team World its first point at the Laver Cup on Friday evening, when he rallied past Andy Murray 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 in a bruising encounter in London.

The Australian showed his resilience at The O2, scrambling around the baseline to outlast the former World No. 1 in the lengthy exchanges. The 23-year-old also demonstrated great touch, flicking a number of winners on the run to eventually triumph after two hours and 29 minutes. Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe then defeated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Swiss star's last match to level the Laver Cup at 2-2 after the first day.

With his victory, De Minaur has extended his ATP Head2Head series record against Murray to 2-0. The six-time tour-level titlist and the Scot are making thier Laver Cup debuts this week.

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Earlier, Stefanos Tsitsipas extended Team Europe’s lead when he produced a ruthless performance to brush aside Team World’s Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-1 in London.

In front of a packed crowd at The O2, the Greek looked in control from the first point, overpowering the Argentine with his brutal forehand. Tsitsipas struck 17 winners and committed just six unforced errors to seal victory after 77 minutes.

The World No. 6 has now won all three matches he has played at the Laver Cup, while he has improved to 4-2 in his ATP Head2Head series against Schwartzman.

In the first match, Casper Ruud ensured Team Europe made a winning start, edging Team World’s Jack Sock 6-4, 5-7, 10-7.

The Norwegian, who won his only clash at the tournament last year, quickly found his range on the hard courts at The O2 in London. The 23-year-old struck his groundstrokes with consistency during the first set as he outlasted the American in the longer exchanges. He then recovered from a dip in the late stages of the second set, holding his nerve in the Match Tie-break to triumph after one hour and 49 minutes in their first ATP Head2Head meeting.

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The World No. 2 has now won eight of his past nine matches after advancing to his second Grand Slam final at the US Open earlier this month.

Captain Bjorn Borg is aiming to guide Team Europe to its fifth consecutive Laver Cup title against John McEnroe's Team World side this week in the UK capital.