The inaugural day of the maiden ATP cup proved to be eventful with some exciting matches and surprising results. In all the 3 venues Brisbane, Perth and Sydney where 2 groups each played in 2 sessions of day and night, the quality of tennis was a treat for the fans. Let’s look at the brief recap of the matches and the results on the inaugural day at all the 3 venues.
Canada vs Greece
This contest was expected to be much tighter and fighting than it actually proved to be. Canada’s highest ranked player Denis Shapovalov took on the Greek Number 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek was a pre-match favorite but the Canadian was great on court defeating Tsitsipas in 2 tie break sets.
Canada would also reign supreme in another singles match with Felix Auger Aliassime convincingly defeating Michail Pervolarakis in 2 sets. Shapovalov and Aliassime would the play double also and win that match in straight sets beating Greek pair of Petros Tsitsipas and Michail Pervolarakis.
Australia vs Germany
In the evening session in Brisbane these two heavyweight teams met in a much anticipated contest. Australia’s Alex de Minaur came back from a set deficit to defeat his German rival Alexander Zverev.
In another singles match an emotional Nick Kyrgios defeated Jan Lennard Struff in 2 successive sets, with one of them going to a tie breaker. The Australian pair of John Peers and Chris Guccione won the doubles contest giving their side a 3 set victory over a tough opponent.
United States vs Norway
In Perth in the day session the American team defeated Norway by 2 matches to 1. John Isner and Taylor Fritz won both the singles matches for USA.
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Isner needed 3 sets to win his singles match while Fritz would do it more efficiently in straight sets. The American side however lost the doubles match with Norwegian pair of Casper Ruud and Victor Durasovic winning that contest in 3 sets.
Russia vs Italy
The night contested at Perth was more awaited with 2 high profile sides Russian and Italy set to collide. In the 1st singles match Russian Number 1 Daniil Medvedev defeated his Italian rival Fabio Fognini in 3 sets. Medvedev had to come from a set behind to register his victory.
In the 2nd singles match Karen Khachanov defeated Stefano Travagila in straight sets. The Russian pair of Medvedev and Khachanov took to the doubles court also where they again won the match in straight sets give their side a comprehensive 3 matches to none victory.
Belgium vs Moldova
In the day match in Sydney Belgium were the heavy favourites against Moldova. The Belgian player successfully maintained their reputation with Steve Darcis and David Goffin winning the 2 singles matches and putting their side in front.
In the doubles contest also the Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Viegen defeated the Moldavian side. They had to come back from a one set loss and registered the victory in 3 sets giving Belgium a comprehensive final win of 3 wins to zero losses.
Britain vs Bulgaria
In the evening match at Sydney the British side who are missing their 2 best singles players Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund took on the Bulgarians. Cameron Norrie would give Britain an early hope winning his singles contest. However the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won his singles match against Dan Evans to level the contest.
A doubles match would be played to decide the fate of the contest. Dimitrov again took to court with Alexander Lazarov to play the doubles match where the pair would face British duo of Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury. The match proved to be an epic with both sides splitting the 1st and 2nd set in each of the tie breakers. In the 3rd set the Bulgarians came in front winning it by 11-9. They thus won the match 2-1.