Monday, 25 September 2017 15:36 PM BST
Laver Cup: The best of

Best match

Of the 24 full sets played over the weekend, 12 went to a tie-break, demonstrating the quality - and intensity - of play in Prague.

On Day 1, Dominic Thiem, who had messrs Federer, Nadal and Borg to call on for advice, rallied to beat John Isner 7-6(15), 7-6(2), 10-7, with the first set tie-break conjuring up memories of Borg and McEnroe's classic encounter at the The Championships in 1980. 

By Day 2, the players were becoming increasingly invested in the outcome of the weekend, and Nadal and Sock combined to ratchet up the intensity, with the Spaniard claiming a pulsating encounter 6-3, 3-6, 11-9. 

But the match of the 2017 Laver Cup belonged to Federer and Kyrgios, who took to court with the destination of the trophy near enough on the line. With the Laver Cup scoring system awarding three points for a Day 3 victory, Team World recovered from 9-3 down to trail just 12-9, courtesy of wins for John Isner and Jack Sock over Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic, as well as Isner's impressive win over Nadal.

As such, a win for Kyrgios over Federer would have sent the inaugural Laver Cup to a decisive, final set of doubles - a scenario the pairing of Kyrgios and Sock may well have fancied.

But it was Federer who triumphed, saving a match point en route to a 4-6, 7-6(6), 11-9 victory that clinched the Laver Cup for Team Europe.

Best moment

There were numerous to choose from, whether it be Team World's exuberant celebrations, Nadal coaching Federer from the sidelines, or the Spaniard jumping into his longtime rival's arms after the Laver Cup was won.

But it was sight of the world No.1 and No.2 taking to court on the same side of the net that really set pulses racing, with Federer and Nadal claiming a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 victory over Sock and Sam Querrey in their first ever doubles outing - even if their co-ordination did leave a little to be desired at times...

Best player

With two singles victories and one doubles win to his name, Federer claimed seven points over the course of the weekend - the most by any player involved in the competition, and very few others could have withstood the talents of Kyrgios in that final showdown.

Honorable mentions must also go, though, to Isner, who contributed six points on the final day to give Team World a real chance of a comeback, Sock who was arguably the standout doubles player over the weekend, and Zverev, who went unbeaten in his two outings.

Best shot

Isner finished off this 22-shot rally with a down-the-line forehand that anyone on either Team World or Team Europe would have been proud of...