Team World might not have it easy taking on the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and co. but captain John McEnroe thinks they have it in them to win their maiden Laver Cup title.
McEnroe, while speaking to the official Laver Cup website, admitted his side was facing a solid challenge but one that wasn’t insurmountable.
The former world number one and a legend of the sport, McEnroe called Team Europe the greatest team of all time but also reckoned his own team had a set of very dangerous players who could challenge the opposition. Interestingly McEnroe hoped for a bit of luck to go their way as well.
Speaking to LaverCup.com, McEnrore said:
“The guys that play for me, they’re very dangerous players. This isn’t a war of attrition, this is more something that happens faster. We’ve got guys who can take the racquet out of anyone’s hand and the key is to get hot at the right time.”
Remembering the previous season of the Laver Cup, he said things could have gone the other way when they missed out on match-points in four of the matches and lost. McEnroe said they could have had a better shot at the title had they converted even one or two of those into match wins.
John Isner, who is the highest-ranked player in the Team World side, also spoke to the media and was mindful of what his team is up against. However, Isner, who holds the record for the most aces served in 2019, is looking forward to the power game of his players to bail them out of trouble against a team comprising of Federer, Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Fabio Fognini.
The American world number 20 said:
“On our side we have a lot of powerful players. Players that can take the racquet out of their hands, so we’re going to need to do that. On their side they have the best ball strikers in the world, we have the ability to finish points quickly, and we’re going to need to do that.”