Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev won opening singles in Laver Cup

Vastavam web:  Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev won their opening singles to put Team Europe ahead of Team World after day one of the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague.Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock then handed Team World their first point by beating Tomas Berdych and world number one Rafael Nadal in the day’s closing doubles rubber to round off the score at 3-1 for Europe.With four matches a day — three singles and a doubles, the players can earn a point for each win on Friday, two on Saturday and three on Sunday.

World number five Cilic beat 72nd-ranked Frances Tiafoe, a replacement for the injured Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/0) in the tournament opener.The big-serving Croat and the 19-year-old American held on to their serves in the first set before earning a break apiece in the second, with Cilic showing better nerves in both tie-breakers.Isner went 4-0 up in the super tie-break, but the patient Austrian came back to win the rubber.

In a clash of the teams’ youngest players, the 20-year- old world number four, Zverev, overpowered 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) in another rubber without breaks.Berdych and Nadal regained some momentum in the second set, but the Team World duo grabbed the super tie-break.