Team Europe's Andy Murray falls after returning a ball to Team World's Jack Sock and Felix Auger-Aliassime on final day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 in London, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Canada’s Auger-Aliassime beats Djokovic; Team World leads Laver Cup

LONDON — Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime added a singles victory over Novak Djokovic to an earlier win in doubles Sunday, allowing Team World to take a 10-8 lead over Team Europe with two matches remaining in the Laver Cup.

Auger-Aliassime, a 22-year-old from Montreal, beat 21-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (3) with the help of 13 aces and a 39-11 advantage in total winners.

That followed the three-day event’s last doubles contest, in which Auger-Aliassime and American Jack Sock came back to beat Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Murray, who owns three Grand Slam titles, was treated by a trainer after cutting his right leg during the loss.

“It was a bit weird in the first game (against Djokovic), but then after, I felt very good, very loose,” said Auger-Aliassime, whose best run at a major tournament came at the U.S. Open last year, when he reached the semifinals. “Getting that (doubles) win got me really confident going into the singles.”

Victories were worth three points apiece Sunday; the first team to 13 wins.

That meant Frances Tiafoe, a 24-year-old from Maryland who reached the U.S. Open semifinals this month, could clinch it for Team World by beating 2021 French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next-to-last match.

Team Europe came into the week at the O2 Arena having won all four previous editions of the Laver Cup, which was founded by Roger Federer’s management company.

This one served as a celebration of the 41-year-old Swiss star’s career. His final match before retirement came Friday night, when he and Rafael Nadal lost in doubles to Tiafoe and Sock.

Djokovic won matches in both singles and doubles on Saturday in his first action since claiming the title at Wimbledon in July.

He helped Team Europe head into Sunday with an 8-4 lead.

 

Team Europe's Novak Djokovic reacts after losing a point against Team Wold'sFelix Auger-Allassime during their singles tennis match on third day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 arena in London, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Team Europe's Roger Federer, second left looks up as he stands behind teammate Team Europe's Novak Djokovic, who is taking a drink at a change of ends as he plays against Team Wold'sFelix Auger-Allassime during their singles tennis match on third day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 arena in London, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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