Schwartzman Arrives For Build-Up To 2021 Laver Cup; Five Things To Watch
The fourth edition of the Laver Cup is being held at the TD Garden, home to the Boston Bruins ice hockey team and Boston Celtics basketball team.
The Laver Cup field includes six Top 10 players – Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud – on Team Europe. Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Reilly Opelka, John Isner and Nick Kyrgios join Schwartzman for Team World.
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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH AT THE LAVER CUP
1) Medvedev Makes Debut: Medvedev will return to action less than two weeks after winning his maiden major title at the US Open earlier this month as he makes his debut at the Laver Cup. The Russian, who defeated Novak Djokovic in the final at Flushing Meadows, has compiled an 18-2 record since Wimbledon.
2) Tsitsipas and Zverev Return: In 2019, Tsitsipas and Zverev both competed for Team Europe as they defeated Team World to win the title for the third time. The pair will reunite this week in Boston as they aim to extend their dominance over Team World. Zverev arrives in form, having captured his fifth ATP Masters 1000 crown in Cincinnati, before enjoying a run to the semi-finals at the US Open.
3) Canadians Competing For Team World: Canada’s Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime will look to lead Team World to a first victory at the Laver Cup, with the latter full of confidence after he reached his first major semi-final at Flushing Meadows. It will be the third time Shapovalov has competed at the event, after starring in 2017 and 2019.
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4) Others To Watch: Fresh off his rise into the Top 5 of the FedEx ATP Rankings, Rublev is part of Team Europe’s squad, with Berrettini and Ruud in action, too. Big-serving Americans Opelka and Isner will compete for Team World alongside Schwartzman and Kyrgios.
5) Borg & McEnroe Lead The Teams: Former World No. 1 Bjorn Borg and seven-time major champion John McEnroe will captain the teams again for a fourth time. Borg will hope Team Europe can replicate their dominant form this week, after Zverev secured its third-straight victory in the final match of the 2019 event.