Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lose in Laver Cup doubles

Federer, Zverev put Europe on top at Laver Cup

The two singles Grand Slam champions were playing in the Laver Cup exhibition tournament for Team Europe, who had already taken a 3-0 lead over Team World.

Roger Federer whispers to Novak Djokovic during a men's doubles tennis match against Team World's Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson at the Laver Cup, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Chicago. Last time around, he won the first doubles match with Rafael Nadal but this time, his pairing with Djokovic didn't pay dividends.

Despite their status as greats of the game, the U.S. duo of Jack Sock and South Africa's Kevin Anderson pulled off a thrilling 6-7 6-3 10-6 win, with the match likely to be remembered for this unfortunate moment as Djokovic smashed a ball into his illustrious partner.

Federer didn't seem to mind that much. Djokovic covered his mouth with his left hand and leaned over after the ball went off his partner.

The current Wimbledon and US Open champion was quick to see the amusing side, however, and immediately rushed to Federer's aid before giving him a hearty rub on the back to make amends.

Team Europe fared slightly better overall for the whole day, winning all of the opening singles' matches and ending day one with a 3-1 lead over Team World.

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Sock and Anderson levelled the match and having seen their team-mates lose in two deciders earlier in the day, the pair made sure not to waste their opportunity when Federer double-faulted at 4-4.

This is the second installment of the Laver Cup, which has been dubbed the Ryder Cup of tennis although it lacks the tradition of golf's premier team event.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic put their rivalry to one side after teaming up in the second edition of the Laver Cup.

"That's why we don't play doubles", Federer said to Djokovic.

Sock, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Tiafoe, Anderson and Schwartzman are representing Team World.

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