By Mike Dickson for MailOnline
Published: 16:28 BST, 21 September 2019 | Updated: 16:32 BST, 21 September 2019
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
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