World Team Wins BNPP Showdown
The stars of world tennis were on display at the 10th Anniversary BNP Paribas Showdown on World Tennis Day. Fittingly, the World Team defeated Team Americas by a score of 29-24 in a new and exciting team-based format.
Six tightly contested matches were played at Madison Square Garden with five of them going to a tiebreaker. In the opening match of the evening, Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios topped Americans Andy Roddick and Jack Sock 5-4. The World captain Hewitt then defeated his old rival Roddick in a singles match to increase his team's lead to 10-8.
The World made it 3/3 when Garbine Muguruza and Kei Nishikori topped Juan Martin del Potro and Venus Williams 5-3 in mixed doubles but the Americas got on the board when Williams overcame Muguruza in a see-saw 5-4 affair. Leading 19-16, the World Team pulled away with singles wins from Kyrgios over Sock and Nishikori over Del Potro to capture the team event.
World 29, Americas 24
Hewitt/Kyrgios def. Roddick/Sock 5-4
Hewitt def. Roddick 5-4
Muguruza/Nishikori def. Williams/Del Potro 5-3
Williams def. Muguruza 5-4
Kyrgios def. Sock 5-4
Nishikori def. Del Potro 5-4