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Roger Federer fights back to beat Nick Kyrgios and gives Team Europe 5-3 lead over Team World at Laver Cup The mercurial Australian looked like he was going to score a vital two points  Roger Federer was ultimately able to fend him off, winning 6-7 7-5 and then 10-7 It left Team Europe leading The World 5-3 after the third session in the Laver Cup

By Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Published: 16:28 BST, 21 September 2019 | Updated: 16:32 BST, 21 September 2019

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Nick Kyrgios's ability to challenge the world's best three players forced Roger Federer to dig deep in order to avoid defeat in front of his adoring public.

The mercurial Australian, who usually reserves his best for Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, looked like he was going to score a vital two points for Team World in the Laver Cup.

Amid a deafening cacophony inside the Palexpo Arena Federer was ultimately able to fend him off, winning 6-7 7-5 and then 10-7 in a champions' tiebreak. It left Team Europe leading The World 5-3 after the third session.

Roger Federer dug deep in order to avoid defeat in front of his adoring public on Saturday

Roger Federer dug deep in order to avoid defeat in front of his adoring public on Saturday

The mercurial Australian looked like he was going to score a vital two points for Team World

The mercurial Australian looked like he was going to score a vital two points for Team World

'I was hoping it would be like this, merci Geneve,' said a relieved Federer of the atmosphere. 'I was just trying to stay with Nick and I needed to find some energy.'

It had been a close encounter, and Kyrgios paid heavily for playing the odd point too

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