Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych lost to Australian Nick Kyrgios and Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock by the score of 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-10 at the Laver Cup.
Berdych lost his serve halfway through the first set as off-court friends Kyrgios and Sock seemed far more comfortable on the black court of Prague’s O2 Arena. Rafa and Berdych regained some momentum in the second set, but the Team World duo grabbed the super tie-break.
Rafa on Day 1:
The first set they were better than us, but later it was close. We started to return more and be more aggressive.
I’m happy the way the day went, we had a couple of wins that were super close and we could lose.
We have a good result for our team. Happy to go to back to bed with 3-1 and tomorrow is another day.
After opening day, Europe holds a 3-1 lead. Victories in Saturday’s matches will be worth two points, and Sunday’s contests will reward three points for prevailing.