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'Prime Time' Tiafoe lifts Team World to 1st Laver Cup win

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Team World's Frances Tiafoe celebrates after winning the singles tennis match against Team Europe's Stefanos Tsitsipas on the third day of the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 arena in London, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

LONDON (AP) — Maryland native Frances Tiafoe has saved four match points to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 1-6, 7-6 (11), 10-8 and clinched victory in the Laver Cup for Team World over Roger Federer’s Team Europe for the first time.

Tiafoe performed Sunday with the same crunch-time success and wide-smiling showmanship he displayed en route to his first Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open this month.

The victory over 2021 French Open runner-up Tsitsipas allowed the group of 20-somethings on Team World to take three-day competition against Team Europe, which featured Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.