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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Team Europe 2-7 to secure Laver Cup glory

Home team looks far stronger

Team Europe (left) takes on Team World in Prague
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Day one
Sky Sports Action, midday Friday

The Laver Cup, described as tennis's answer to golf's Ryder Cup, takes place for the first time in Prague and several superstars of the men's game are in the Czech capital to join in the fun.

Played on an indoor hard court, the competition pits Team Europe, captained by Bjorn Borg, against Team World, who will be led by John McEnroe.

Borg's Europeans are no bigger than 2-7 to lift the title and it's no wonder with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lining up for the hosts.

McEnroe's men look up against it and they can be backed at 7-2 but none of their players are in the world's top ten while five of the European team are ranked seventh or higher.

Europe should take the trophy but only punters with deep pockets are likely to be interested in skinny outright quotes about a team who boast 36 Grand Slam titles between them.

In the day one singles action, Borg will be expecting Marin Cilic to get Europe off to a strong start. The Croat, a frequent Davis Cup performer, should enjoy the team event but he's short enough at 2-9 to see off Frances Tiafoe.

Fans were excited by the prospect of Federer and Nadal teaming up in the doubles but that looks unlikely as Nadal joins Tomas Berdych in the evening session. Federer will sit out day one, with the day two and three singles action worth more in this points-based tournament.

John Isner's big-serving game is suited to indoor tennis - he made the final of the Paris Masters last year - and he could be the man to get Team World on the board when he faces Dominic Thiem in the second afternoon match.

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J Isner to beat D Thiem
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Tournament lowdown

Venue O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

Format Played over three days with four matches played each day – three singles and a doubles. Both singles and doubles are best-of-three sets and the third set will be a ten-point tiebreaker.

Each player will play at least one singles match over the two days and at least four of each teams’ six players will be required to play doubles, no player can play singles more than twice and no doubles pairing can play together more than once.

Scoring One point is awarded for a match won on Friday, two on Saturday and three points on Sunday. There are 24 points available and the first team to reach 13 will win. In the event of a 12-12 tie, a final doubles match will decide the winner.

When to bet Starts midday UK time.

Time difference Prague is one hour ahead of the UK and Ireland

Day one schedule - afternoon singles: M Cilic v F Tiafoe,
D Thiem v J Isner. Evening singles: A Zverev v D Shapovalov
Evening doubles: R Nadal & T Berdych v N Kyrgios & J Sock.

Cilic, a frequent Davis Cup performer, should enjoy the team event but he's short enough at 2-9 to see off Frances Tiafoe
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