Laver Cup: Andy Murray not planning Roger Federer-style farewell as Europe loses


Andy Murray played in the Laver Cup for the first time, but lost in both singles and doubles

Former world number one Andy Murray says watching Roger Federer’s emotional Laver Cup farewell has not motivated him to plan his send-off.

“I’m not thinking about that now,” said the 35-year-old Scot.

Murray, who was feared to have to retire in 2019 with a hip injury, was in the European team that lost the Laver Cup for the first time.

Murray and Matteo Berrettini lost in doubles on Sunday as the World team won 13-8 in London.

Swiss legend Federer, 41, played the final match of his illustrious career on Friday and it was an emotional farewell to 25 years as a professional.

On Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion gave another speech and received a standing ovation at the O2 Arena.

“I certainly don’t and I don’t deserve to have a send-off like that,” said three-time major champion Murray.

“Roger deserved that night and it was really special to see all those guys there courtside.

“I would probably announce when I will play my last event, but I don’t know when that is.

“I’m still playing competitive tennis and I feel good physically against top players.”

How did Team World win the first Laver Cup?

Europe had won the previous four editions of the annual three-day event, which was Federer’s brainchild and named after Australian great Rod Laver.

Europe prevailed 8-4 in the final round, when the first team to reach 13 points was declared the winner.

Three points were awarded for the win on Sunday and Team World won two games in a row.

Europe’s lead was cut to 8-7 when Murray and Berrettini lost 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 to Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock in the opening doubles.

Canada’s Auger-Aliassime beat 21-time reigning singles champion Novak Djokovic in singles to take the World lead for the first time in three days.

Winning the trophy 10-8, US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe had a chance to claim victory over Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tiafoe managed that with a thrilling comeback. Tsitsipas dominated the first set but failed to take any of his four match points in the second set tie-break and was punished as Tiafoe won 1-6 7-6 (13-11) 10-7.

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