“Trying to Confuse”: Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev Accuse Roger Federer of Supporting Team World at Laver Cup 2021

Published 09/28/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Roger Federer of Team Europe poses with Rod Laver and the trophy after winning the Laver Cup during Day Three of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 22, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


Laver Cup 2021 has ended with yet another instance of Team Europe dominating Team World. The former, lead by Bjorn Borg, defeated the latter, lead by John McEnroe, with an extravagant score of 14-1. In the post-match interview, Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev jokingly accused Roger Federer of supporting Team World.

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Roger Federer was supporting Team World, says Rublev and Zverev

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The former World No. 1 Federer made a surprising visit at Laver Cup 2021. The Swiss received an outstanding standing ovation from the crowd in Boston, America. In the post-match interview, Jim Courier thanked Roger Federer for his support in Boston.

Andrey Rublev quickly interrupted and said, “I don’t know, I saw Roger was supporting Team World during our doubles!”

Federer, who has played from Team Europe three times from 2017 to 2019, was humorously accused of supporting Team World by the Russian.

Sep 26, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Rod Laver presenting the Cup to Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev. Team Europe beat Team World 14-1 at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Richard Cashin-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Zverev joined the conversation and said, “Actually, that makes sense now because he was trying to confuse me during the singles yesterday as well. While the whole team was telling me to do one thing he was telling me to do the complete opposite. So now, I understand – smart guy over there!”

When Zverev was playing against American John Isner, Federer advised him to step into the return. On the other hand, Team Europe told Zverev to implement exactly opposite to what Federer had said.

Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev must be kidding, given they have previously played with Roger Federer and are aware that he will always back Team Europe.

Team Europe Lifted the Trophy without the Big Three

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Laver Cup 2021 edition was the first time that no one from the Big Three competed. While Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal missed out due to injury, Novak Djokovic withdrew from the tournament. Despite their absence, Team Europe lifted the Laver Cup trophy for the fourth time since its inaugural in 2017.

With a score of 14-1, Team Europe handed Team World their biggest defeat in Laver Cup competitions.

Sep 26, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Team Europe with the Laver Cup. Standing: Thomas Enqvist, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud. Front row: Feliciano Lopez, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Richard Cashin-USA TODAY Sports

After Team Europe’s resounding victory, both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal congratulated the team and penned down an overwhelming message.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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