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10 Takeaways From Day 2 At The ATP Cup

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

10 Takeaways From Day 2 At The ATP Cup

A review of the key moments from Day 2 in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney

The first round of ATP Cup ties are complete, with each of the 24 countries up and running in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. With the three highest-ranked players at the ATP Cup making their first appearances, a successful video review challenge and the use of Team Zone technology, Day 2 lived up to all expectations.

Here are 10 of the biggest takeaways from Day 2:

1) Night Session Stars: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem all made their ATP Cup debuts on Saturday night. Nadal and Djokovic were able to record straight-sets wins for their sides, but Thiem was beaten in three sets by Team Croatia’s Borna Coric.

2) Spain Sweeps Georgia: After Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Aleksandre Metreveli 6-0, 6-0, World No. 1 Nadal took made his way onto court at RAC Arena for his opening match of the 2020 ATP Tour season against Nikoloz Basilashvili. After struggling to serve the match out, the World No. 1 eventually confirmed the tie victory for Spain with a hard-fought 6-3, 7-5.

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3) Serbia’s Solid Start: Djokovic was forced to find his best level at Pat Rafter Arena as he recorded his ninth win in 11 ATP Head2Head encounters against Team South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. The Serbian overcame the 33-year-old 7-6(5), 7-6(6) to earn Team Serbia the victory, adding to Dusan Lajovic’s 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 triumph against Lloyd Harris.

4) Croatia Downs Austria: After a strong 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 comeback for Marin Cilic against Dennis Novak, Coric stunned World No. 4 Thiem to confirm a victory for Team Croatia against Team Austria. The two-time ATP Tour titlist played with aggression in front of a loud crowd at Ken Rosewall Arena to snap a six-match losing streak, battling past the Nitto ATP Finals runner-up for his first Top 10 victory since October 2018.

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5) First Win For France: Benoit Paire and Gael Monfils began Team France’s ATP Cup title bid with singles victories against Team Chile. Paire recovered from a set down to battle past Nicolas Jarry, before Monfils confirmed victory for his nation with straight-sets success against Cristian Garin. Garin and Jarry combined to beat Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in doubles.

6) Monfils Magic: It is fair to say Monfils is no stranger to magical moments on a tennis court. The Frenchman produced another during his win against Garin, showcasing his incredible athleticism to turn the tables on his opponent at Pat Rafter Arena.

7) Argentina Up And Running: Following Guido Pella and Hubert Hurkacz’s three-set wins, doubles took the spotlight on Ken Rosewall Arena with the score tied at 1-1 between Team Argentina and Team Poland. Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni, who own a collective 13 tour-level doubles titles, claimed the win for their country with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Hurkacz and Lukasz Kubot.

8) Video Review Success: After David Goffin proved unsuccessful with the first ATP Cup video review on Day 1, Hurkacz became the first man to successfully challenge a call with the innovative technology. The 22-year-old challenged the umpire’s decision to replay a point following a late call from a line judge. On review, his opponent Diego Schwartzman was not affected by the call which came after he missed his next shot and the point was awarded to Hurkacz.

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9) Tablet Tactician: Pella was one of many ATP Cup stars to take advantage of the available technology in the Team Zone during Day 2. The Argentine watched specific points from earlier in his match on the Team Zone’s tablet device to learn from his mistakes, recovering from a second-set loss to beat Kamil Majchrzak 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

10) Japan Dominates: Team Japan’s Go Soeda and Yoshihito Nishioka dropped a combined five games en route to establishing an unassailable 2-0 advantage against Team Uruguay. Soeda opened the show in Perth with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Martin Cuevas, while Nishioka raced past Pablo Cuevas 6-0, 6-1. Toshihide Matsui and Ben McLachlan completed the sweep of straight-sets triumphs, beating Ariel Behar and Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 6-4.

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Wawrinka Learns Path To Doha Trophy

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

Wawrinka Learns Path To Doha Trophy

Rublev, Tsonga drawn in bottom half

Stan Wawrinka will face Jeremy Chardy or a qualifier in his opening match of the 2020 ATP Tour season, as he attempts to lift his first Qatar ExxonMobil Open trophy.

The 34-year-old, who is the top seed at the 2019 ATP 250 Tournament of the Year, owns a 6-5 record in Doha. Wawrinka’s best result at the tournament came in 2008, when he reached the championship match (l. to Murray).

If Chardy wins his opening match, the Frenchman will face Wawrinka for the seventh time at tour-level. Wawrinka owns an undefeated 6-0 ATP Head2Head record against the World No. 51, which includes a four-set victory in their most recent meeting at last year’s US Open.

Wawrinka shares the top quarter of the draw with Adrian Mannarino, who opens his campaign against Newport and Chengdu runner-up Alexander Bublik. Mannarino fell to Dusan Lajovic in the opening round on his tournament debut last year.

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In the second quarter, fourth seed Milos Raonic will face Tennys Sandgren or a qualifier in the second round, while sixth seed Filip Krajinovic will meet Kyle Edmund in his season opener. Fernando Verdasco and Pablo Andujar also feature in an all-Spanish first-round encounter.

The bottom half of the draw is headlined by 2018 finalist Andrey Rublev (l. to Monfils). The 22-year-old Russian returns for the third straight year, having won five of seven matches in his previous two tournament appearances. Rublev, who is joined in the bottom quarter by fifth seed Laslo Djere, awaits the winner of wild card Malek Jaziri and Mikhail Kukushkin’s first-round clash.

Third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and eighth seed Frances Tiafoe own the two seeded positions in the third quarter of the draw. Tsonga, the 2012 champion (d. Monfils), will begin his quest for a second trophy in Qatar against Miomir Kecmanovic or Jordan Thompson. Tsonga has reached the quarter-finals or better in each of his three previous visits to Doha, compiling a 9-2 tournament record.

Pavic/Soares Lead Doubles Field
Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares will face wild cards Marton Fucsovics and Verdasco in their first match of the season.

The top seeds, who joined forces at the Fever-Tree Championships in June last year, will be aiming to lift their second title as a team after reaching two championship matches in 2019. Pavic and Soares picked up their maiden team trophy at the Rolex Shanghai Masters (d. Kubot/Melo) before a runner-up finish at the Intrum Stockholm Open (l. to Kontinen/Roger-Vasselin).

Former champions Chardy and Fabrice Martin will also be bidding to claim a second crown in Doha. The 2017 titlists share the top half of the draw with Pavic and Soares and will open their campaign against Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak.

Second seeds Henri Kontinen and Franko Skugor will meet wild cards Malek Jaziri and Rashed Nawaf in their first-round match. The Finnish-Croatian tandem are joined in the bottom half of the draw by Rohan Bopanna and Wesley Koolhof.

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A Weapon For Players At The ATP Cup

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

A Weapon For Players At The ATP Cup

Find out how players are utilising the tablet in the Team Zone.

Guido Pella had a secret weapon during his win on Saturday at the ATP Cup, but it’s not what you’d expect.

The Argentine made use of one of the 24-team competition’s innovations, going through a tablet in the Team Zone to get updated statistics and look back at previous points during changeovers, helping him adjust tactics accordingly to defeat Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

“I was looking for specific points, because I think in a few points of the match I did a bad choice for a hit, so I was looking for that particular point,” Pella said. “I think it was a backhand cross when he broke my serve in the second set, and I think that was down the line. It’s very good to have the tablet there, because you can look [at] anything.”

The tablet is one of many innovations at the ATP Cup, with the Team Zone being another. So not only did Pella have access to all that information, but captain Gaston Gaudio and Pella’s personal coach, Jose Acasuso, were there to talk through it all with him.

“In every tournament of the year, we don’t have that kind of stuff on court. So it’s very nice to have the technology by your side, because I think the technology is very good for the sport, because you can look [at] anything,” Pella said. “I was looking for specific points and maybe some things that he was doing very good. I think that helped me a lot.”

Before competing on Saturday evening, Croatian No. 1 Borna Coric did not plan on going out of his way to use the tablet, especially if he was leading.

“For sure I’m going to use it if things are not going well or if I don’t feel well, but if I start playing good and if I see that I’m doing pretty good, I don’t think I’m going to use it too much,” Coric said. “I’m going to say to the coach as well that I expect from him to tell me [the] most important things. But I’m not going to use it too much personally.”

But things changed during his battle with World No. 4 Dominic Thiem. Former World No. 3 Marin Cilic, who won the first match of the tie for Croatia, took a keen interest in the tablet after Coric’s second set, which he dropped 2-6.

“He likes to do it, I think. I’m not a huge fan of that, but he likes it. And he told me [a] couple things,” Coric said. “I did use it, of course. When Marin says do something, obviously it affects [you], it’s there. So I did use it.”

Coric, who did not earn a Top 10 win in 2019, ended up bouncing back to take the decider and upset Thiem.

Bulgaria’s Dimitar Kuzmanov lost his match on Friday against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie, but it wasn’t because he didn’t have access to enough information on the court. Despite his loss, the World No. 423 enjoyed being able to reference the tablet throughout the match, and according to him, so did those in his Team Zone.

“I saw that they were looking at the tablet since the beginning,” Kuzmanov said. “So they were showing me the stats, especially after the first set. Not showing me, but telling me. Just giving me information how things are going, like percentages and so on.

“The percentage of the returned serves, first and second. First-serve percentage, as well. That’s why I was serving much better in the second, because I was more concentrated on that first serve,” Kuzmanov said. “I couldn’t use the new system regarding the foot fault and the double bounce, but I think any innovation is good for the sport and for the fans, as well, as we see everything happening around here. And we are excited as well about it.”

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Cilic Leads Croatian Charge With Three-Set Win At The ATP Cup

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

Cilic Leads Croatian Charge With Three-Set Win At The ATP Cup

Thiem will try to even the tie for Austria against Coric

Former World No. 3 Marin Cilic was in danger of falling victim to the upset bug on Saturday evening at the ATP Cup. But the 18-time tour-level titlist battled hard for his country, riding his experience to a 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 victory against Dennis Novak. 

“[I’m] very excited. It was absolutely very difficult. Dennis played a great level. It was our first meeting, and it was absolutely a thriller and difficult match… and also a great match to start the year,” Cilic said. “I think the level was really, really good.”

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Cilic, whose FedEx ATP Ranking of No. 39 is his lowest since October 2013, lost the first set. But the Croat relied on his serve to turn the tide against the World No. 108, winning all 16 of his service games en route to his first triumph of the season.

“I think everyone who can deal with the nerves, everyone is going to be playing their better selves on the court.
You have your team captain behind you. You have your teammates. They can definitely give you big support. You are feeling that responsibility on the court as well that you want to push, you want to fight, even when you are in some difficult situations,” Cilic said. “When I was a set down, they were encouraging me, and then you also don’t want to disappoint them.”

After two hours and 27 minutes, Cilic struck his 15th ace of the match, crushing an untouched delivery in the ad court down the T before turning to Croatia’s Team Zone with his left fist in the air.

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Novak received plenty of valuable instruction throughout the match from Austrian captain Thomas Muster, the former World No. 1. But once Cilic got into a rhythm of finding a way to take the first aggressive strike in rallies, Novak was unable to put the match on his racquet, especially during Cilic’s service games. There were also plenty of cat-and-mouse points as the match — a high-quality affair — wore on.

Dominic Thiem, the World No. 4, will try to force a deciding doubles match for Austria. The 2019 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up will play World No. 28 Borna Coric, whom he has won three of four matches against. Thiem has won their three most recent meetings, with all four of their battles coming at ATP Masters 1000 events.

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Lazarov's ATP Cup Stunner: 'I Didn't Even Know What Time It Was Anymore'

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

Lazarov’s ATP Cup Stunner: ‘I Didn’t Even Know What Time It Was Anymore’

Learn more about the Bulgarian who helped Dimitrov upset Great Britain

Alexandar Lazarov walked into Ken Rosewall Arena Friday evening without a tour-level or ATP Challenger Tour doubles victory. Even though he had former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov on his side of the court for their deciding doubles match against Great Britain, the 22-year-old wasn’t the most confident.

“My first thoughts about the match were just to go out there and not shame myself, not to put him in a bad spot under the spotlight. That was my intention,” Lazarov said. “I didn’t think we could win.”

Not only did the Bulgarians win to spring a big upset on the first day of the ATP Cup, but Lazarov played a key role in his win with Dimitrov against Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury. As the deciding match went into a Match Tie-break, Lazarov showed no fear of rushing the net against two very accomplished and experienced net players. He clinched the match with an inside-in forehand winner that whizzed past Murray.

“I was trying to be as composed as possible because I knew that if I gave them many chances, they were going to take them. I was just focussed on hitting the shot no matter what happens or who stays on the other side,” Lazarov said. “I just wanted to hit a good volley and if they make the point, they make it. Those guys are top level and Jamie has even won Grand Slams. I’ve been watching these guys on TV, and just to play them is amazing, let alone beat them. I’ll take that as an accomplishment of all the hard work I’ve put in. It’s paying off.”

To add another element to the equation for Lazarov was the time of the match. It started after midnight and ended at 2:46am, with the rest of the Bulgarian team storming the court from the Team Zone.

“It was crazy. At a certain point I didn’t even know what time it was anymore,” Lazarov said. “But I’m grateful for all the people that stayed so late because it’s not easy to be on the court all day and watch and support. It was amazing, really.”

After leaving Ken Rosewall Arena, the Bulgarians celebrated by dancing around together as they listened to music. Understandably, there were plenty of people who rushed to message Lazarov notes of congratulations on his efforts.

“I lost count, to be honest,” Lazarov said of the number of texts he got. “I unfortunately am not able to respond to all of them, but I’ll try to get back to the people somehow.”

What people who watched the thrilling upset might not realise is that Dimitrov and Lazarov had never competed together. Lazarov was thankful to have a player with Dimitrov’s experience on his side to help him through the pressure moments.

“It’s unbelievable… Just to be able to learn from such a player, it’s amazing,” Lazarov said. “He’s one of the most professional guys I’ve ever seen on Tour and it’s very easy to see and to know what you have to work on.”

This was the biggest stage Lazarov has competed on, and not only did he take advantage of it, but he did so for all of Bulgaria.

“I’m still trying [to take it in]. It’s been unbelievable feedback from all the people in my country and it’s just amazing to see how good we get along and we just have fun. It’s amazing,” Lazarov said. “The job is not done, we still have a few more matches. So we’ll try to do our best and hopefully tomorrow we’re going to perform well again and get another win.”

This story could have easily been one of a near upset that fell short. But Dimitrov and Lazarov played daring tennis from down 7/9 in the Match Tie-break to earn their Cinderella moment, and put the rest of the ATP Cup teams on notice.

“I think we showed that the match is not over until the ref says it’s over because at 7/9, most of the time people say they did good and they don’t really try,” Lazarov said. “But we did until the end and sometimes you make it, sometimes you don’t. But the moral of the story is to just never give up and play until the last point. That’s all I want people to remember, because it wouldn’t be possible if we weren’t fighting until the end.”

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Nadal Fights For Team Spain; Bautista Agut Also Wins In Perth

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

Nadal Fights For Team Spain; Bautista Agut Also Wins In Perth

Bautista Agut wins first singles match

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal opened his 2020 ATP Tour season with a win to help Team Spain clinch its opening tie against Team Georgia on Saturday night at the inaugural ATP Cup.

Tennis fans turned out in force, waving Spanish flags for Nadal’s first appearance in Perth at the RAC Arena. But the 33-year-old Mallorcan didn’t have things all his own way against Nikoloz Basilashvili, but came through 6-3, 7-5 victory in one hour and 50 minutes.

“It has been positive victory, of course, for me and for the team — 3-0, a good start to the competition,” said Nadal.

“I had the match under control, 5-2 against a good player like Nikoloz. It has been a positive start. Obviously, he played some good games. I made a couple of mistakes, then the match became more difficult. That is it.”

The 24-team event is being played in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney from 3-12 January, with the Final Eight beginning on Thursday in Sydney.

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While Nadal was broken in the first game, the Spaniard soon settled and was barely troubled thereafter, until Basilashvili stepped inside the baseline at 2-5 in the second set, to rip two groundstroke winners.

The Georgian, who reached a career-high No. 16 in the FedEx ATP Rankings last year, carried the momentum to recover to 5-5, with Nadal hitting a forehand long when serving for the set for a second time. Basilashvili, now playing on the baseline, was soon dragged wide in rallies as Nadal adopted a new plan.

Ultimately, Nadal refocused and Basilashvili dropped his serve with a backhand error. The World No. 1 soon wrapped up the 68-minute set for his fourth straight win over the 27-year-old Georgian.

“I think I was okay physically at the end of the first set, and then I got cramps a bit at the start of the second set,” said Basilashvili. “In general, I think it was a good match. I really enjoyed it and the court is really nice atmosphere here. Today, I can say many positive things, but obviously playing with Rafa is physically very demanding. I had to put in 100 per cent, and some moments in the beginning of second set I start cramping, but then somehow I recovered a little bit.”

When asked whether he was disappointed not to hold serve at 5-5 in the second set, having come back from 2-5 down, Basilashvili admitted, “I couldn’t really make first serves in general in the whole match, but especially in that moment. I was kind of disappointed. I wanted to win this game a lot, but I could not really push. I could not go 100 per cent on the serve, because I also had elbow surgery last year.”

Nadal clinched year-end No. 1 for the fifth time last year, winning 58 of his 65 matches and lifting four tour-level titles, including a 12th Roland Garros (d. Thiem), a fourth US Open (d. Medvedev) and ATP Masters 1000 crowns at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome (d. Djokovic) and the Coupe Rogers in Montreal (d. Medvedev).

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Bautista Agut

In the first singles match, Roberto Bautista Agut powered his way to victory. The World No. 9 swept past Aleksandre Metreveli of Team Georgia 6-0, 6-0 over 72 minutes in the first singles match of the Group B clash.

“It was a great match and a great start to the tournament,” said Bautista Agut. “I did not have information about him, but I did ask some players who knew him before and had some ideas. I did not see him play. I focused on my game and I knew it was important to start with a break. I wanted to get the advantage. It was good to make the break in the second game. Every match counts and I was to playing full on until the very end.”

Metreveli battled hard throughout, particularly in his first service game that lasted 16 minutes and 22 points, only for Bautista Agut to turn the screw and earn the first break. The 31-year-old ran through the first set in 41 minutes, converting his third set point — and also breaking Metreveli’s serve for a third time — with a crosscourt forehand winner. Metreveli, the No. 2-ranked Georgian, gained his first break point in the first game of the second set, but Bautista Agut fired down a powerful serve and went on to take a 2-0 lead.

Last year, Bautista Agut broke into the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings on 19 August, compiled a 42-22 match record and lifted one ATP Tour title at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Berdych).

Team Spain completed a 3-0 victory when Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez, a replacement for Nadal, combined to beat Team Georgia’s Aleksandre Bakshi and George Tsivadze 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles match. Carreno Busta and Lopez, who are 7-1 as a team, won the 2016 China Open title in Beijing.

“It is amazing to start 3-0,” said Team Spain captain Francisco Roig. “Roberto played great match. I think even if it looks easy match, the result was much difficult than what it was… He made very few mistakes.

“Then Rafa had the chance against a very tough opponent like Basilashvili, who always kills the ball. I think after five, six games, he was in control of the game. Then, as [Nadal] said, he had the match in his hands. Pity he missed a volley, [it] could have been 6-3, 6-2. At the end, well, it would have been better to win easy, but also, when you have these situations, it gives you a little bit more experience, experience on these days.”

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Lajovic Wins, Giving Djokovic Chance To Clinch vs. Anderson

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

Lajovic Wins, Giving Djokovic Chance To Clinch vs. Anderson

Djokovic goes for ninth victory against Anderson (8-2)

Your turn, Novak Djokovic.

Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic beat South Africa’s Lloyd Harris 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 on Saturday night in Brisbane, giving Djokovic the opportunity to clinch their ATP Cup tie against Kevin Anderson.

Lajovic was broken twice in the opening set but steadied himself in the second set of his first match of the season, increasingly passing the 6’6″ Harris and troubling him at net. Lajovic thrived off the Serbian support inside Pat Rafter Arena and broke twice in the final set.

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Harris finished 2019 at a career-best year-end FedEx ATP Ranking of No. 99 and will take plenty from his three-set tangle with Lajovic, last year’s Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters finalist (l. to Fognini), as South Africa progresses at the inaugural 24-team event, which is being held in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.

Djokovic, the World No. 2, leads his ATP Head2Head series against Anderson 8-2, including three of four times they played in 2018. The 33-year-old Anderson was limited to only five tournaments in 2019 because of injuries (right elbow, right knee) and underwent season-ending knee surgery in September. He last played in July in the third round of Wimbledon.

Djokovic, meanwhile, earned 50-plus wins and finished inside the Top 3 for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons (2007-16, 2018-19).

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10 Things That Matter On Day 3 Of ATP Cup

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

10 Things That Matter On Day 3 Of ATP Cup

Groups C, D and F take centre stage across Brisbane, Perth and Sydney

The round robin stage of the ATP Cup enters a crucial period on Day 3, as 12 countries contest their second ties.

Here are the 10 things that matter most ahead of Day 3 at the ATP Cup.

1) Final Eight Qualification: Following Team Canada and Team Australia’s Day 1 victories, both countries are in contention to qualify for the Final Eight on Day 3. If Canada defeats Australia and Greece defeats Germany, Canada will win Group F and book its place in Sydney. If Australia defeats Canada and Germany defeats Greece, the home side will top Group F and confirm its spot in Sydney.

2) Maintaining Momentum: Team Russia and Team Belgium claimed 3-0 victories in their opening ties on Friday. Both nations will be hoping to boost their hopes of Final Eight qualification with further success in Sydney.

3) Quick Recoveries: After falling in tie-deciding final-set tie-breaks in their first ATP Cup ties, Team United States and Team Great Britain will both be aiming to reverse their fortunes and pick up a first tie victory.

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4) More Aces: When these 12 countries competed on the opening day of action, they landed 216 aces across Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. With the ATP Cup pledging to donate $100 for every ace hit at this event to the Australian Red Cross bushfire disaster relief and recovery efforts, the Day 1 ace count raised $21,600. Will that amount be beaten on Day 3?

5) Australia v Canada: Day 1 could not have gone much better for Team Australia and Team Canada. Both countries triumphed 3-0 in their first ties and will now meet for the chance to take control of Group F. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Nick Kyrgios will begin the tie, before Denis Shapovalov and Alex de Minaur meet in the second match at Pat Rafter Arena. Auger-Aliassime and De Minaur own 1-0 ATP Head2Head records against their Day 3 opponents.

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6) Germany v Greece: With 0-1 records in Group F, Team Germany and Team Greece return to the court seeking their first win. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, champions of the two most recent editions of the Nitto ATP Finals, will meet in the No. 1 singles match. After falling to a straight-sets defeat against Zverev in their maiden ATP Head2Head encounter at the 2018 Citi Open, Tsitsipas has won four straight matches against his fellow Top 10 rival.

7) Norway v Italy: Following the Day 1 heroics of Casper Ruud, Team Norway returns to action in Perth’s day session against Team Italy. Ruud will face Fabio Fognini in the meeting of No. 1 players, with Team Italy seeking its first tie victory at this event.

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8) Russia v United States: Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov will once again take centre stage for Team Russia, which faces Team United States at RAC Arena. Khachanov and Taylor Fritz will both be attempting to record their second ATP Cup wins. Medvedev and John Isner will meet for the first time on the ATP Tour in the second match of the tie.

9) Bulgaria v Moldova: Team Bulgaria created one of the stories of the opening day, saving two match points to beat Team Great Britain in a tie that finished at 2:46am local time. Grigor Dimitrov will contest his second singles match of the competition against Radu Albot, before both men return to the court in doubles. Dimitrov will join Alexandar Lazarov to face Albot and Alexander Cozbinov.

10) Belgium v Great Britain: Following its 3-0 win against Team Moldova, Team Belgium will contest the night session tie at Ken Rosewall Arena against Team Great Britain. Team captain Steve Darcis will open the tie against Cameron Norrie, before David Goffin faces Daniel Evans. In doubles, three-time 2019 ATP Tour titlists Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen will meet Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury.

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ATP Cup: France earn opening win, victories for Japan and Argentina

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

Top-30 ranked pair Benoit Paire and Gael Monfils won their singles matches to ensure France opened their ATP Cup campaign with victory over Chile.

On day two of the inaugural tournament in Brisbane, Paire opened with a 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-3 win over Nicolas Jarry.

Monfils sealed the Group A win by beating Cristian Garin 6-3 7-5.

Japan, without Kei Nishikori, won all three matches against Uruguay in Group B in Perth, while Argentina beat Poland 2-1 in Group E in Sydney.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem all play later on Saturday as Serbia, Spain and Austria start their campaigns against South Africa, Georgia and Croatia respectively.

The 24-nation event is spread across three Australian cities – Brisbane, Perth and Sydney – and features six groups of four teams, who each play three round-robin ties.

The six group winners, plus the best two runners-up, will progress to the quarter-finals.

Great Britain, who are without Andy Murray after he pulled out through injury, lost their opening tie against Bulgaria on Friday.

Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury were beaten in a thrilling deciding doubles match which ended at 02:47 local time in Sydney.

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Wawrinka, Rublev, Tsonga Return To Doha; When Is The Draw & More

  • Posted: Jan 04, 2020

Wawrinka, Rublev, Tsonga Return To Doha; When Is The Draw & More

All about the ATP 250 tennis tournament in Doha,Qatar

The Qatar ExxonMobil Open, selected by players at the ATP 250 Tournament of the Year in the 2019 ATP Awards, once again welcomes the ATP Tour to start the new year. The Doha field features Stan Wawrinka, Andrey Rublev, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will vie to be crowned the first singles champion of the 2020 season. 

Wawrinka, Rublev and Tsonga – who were all nominated for 2019 Comeback Player of the Year – are former finalists in Doha. Wawrinka finished runner-up to Andy Murray in 2008 and Rublev to Gael Monfils in 2018, while Tsonga won the title in 2008 with victory over Monfils in the final. 

Here’s all you need to know about the Doha tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more. 

Established: 1993

Tournament Dates: 6-11 January 2020 (28th edition)

Tournament Director: Karim Alami

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 4 January at 6pm

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* Qualifying: Saturday at 11:00am; Sunday at 3:30pm
* Main draw: Monday – Thursday at 3:30pm; Friday at 4:30pm
* Doubles final: Friday, 10 January, before singles semi-finals
* Singles final: Saturday, 11 January, at 6pm

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Venue: Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
Main Court Seating: 7,000

Prize Money: US $1,359,180 (Total Financial Commitment: US $1,465,260) 

View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (3)
Most Titles, Doubles: Rafael Nadal (4)
Oldest Champion: David Ferrer, 32, in 2015
Youngest Champion: Andy Murray, 20, in 2008
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 124 Rainer Schuettler in 1999

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2019 Finals
Singles: [7] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] Tomas Berdych (CZE) 64 36 63   Read & Watch
Doubles: David Goffin (BEL) / Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) d Robin Haase (NED) / Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 57 64 10-4  Read More

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Did You Know… Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won multiple titles at this event, with Nadal’s haul including the 2014 singles title and four doubles crowns (2005, ’09, ’11 and ’15). 

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