The third day of the ATP cup was a continuation of drama, action and thrills. Many of the world’s top players did battle on the filled. Matches were full with excitement and tension. Let’s get a recap of the day 3 at all 3 venues of the inaugural ATP cup.
Australia Beat Canada
The 1st match at Brisbane was a slugfest between 2 high profile teams as the hosts Australia were pitted against Canada. In the first match John Millman, who came as a replacement for the injured Nick Kyrgios put Australia on the front foot defeating Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime in straight sets. This was followed by Alex De Minuar beating Denis Shapovalov after coming from a set behind.
The home side had sealed both the matches much to the delight of the roaring crowd. They were however far from satisfied as Canada would get beaten in the doubles match also, giving the Aussie team who had lost their star player Nick Kyrgios a 3-0 unassailable victory.
Greece Beat Germany
In the night session the Brisbane crowd would witness another pulsating encounter with two strong sides Greece and Germany facing each other . In the first match Germany’s Jan Lennard Struff defeated Michail Pervolarakis in 2 straight sets comprehensively.
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The 2nd singles match was highly anticipated with World Number 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas and World Number 7 Alexander Zverev up against each other. The match turned out a bit of anti climax with the Greek domination from start to finish and taking the match 6-1 and 6-4.
After losing both their singles match Germans were keen to avoid a whitewash. The German doubles pair of Mies and Krawietz saved 6 match points and ultimately gave their team a sole win. Greece would thus win the contest 2-1.
Italy Beat Norway
In Perth Italy and Norway would collide in the day session. Stefano Travagila gave the Italian side 1st singles victory beating Norway’s Viktor Durasovic 6-1 and 6-1 in two straight sets.
However Casper Ruud beat Fabio Fognini in straight sets to put Norway back on level terms. In doubles the Italian pair of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli beat Ruud and Durasovic to win the contest 2 matches to 1.
Russia Beat United States
The Russian singles players Khachanov and Medvedev defeated America’s Taylor Fritz and John Isner respectively in the two singles matches. Khachanov needed three sets to overcome Fritz whereas Medvedev would get the job done in just 2 sets against the big serving Isner.
The Russian pair took to the court in doubles also and defeated American doubles team of Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek thus handing the United States a complete whitewash of 3-0.
Bulgaria Beat Moldova
A resurgent Bulgarian team met Moldova in Sydney’s day contest. The Bulgarians drew first blood with Dimitar Kuzmanov beating Moldova’s Alexander Kozbinov in the 1st match. Bulgaria’s Number 1 player Grigor Dimitrov would then give his side a 2-0 lead by defeating Radu Albot.
In the doubles contest the Moldovian pair of Albot and Kozbinov defeated the Bulgarians Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Lazarov. The contest however ended in Bulgaria’s favor with 2-1 final score.
Britain Beat Belgium
The evening match at Sydney would see Great Britain and Belgium facing each other. Steve Darcis of Belgium gave his side an early lead beating Cameron Norrie of Britain. The English team would however bounce back as Dan Evans defeated Belgium’s Number 1 player David Goffin in straight sets.
With the contest at level, a doubles match would decide its fate. The British veteran pair of Jamie Murray and Joe Selisbury would down the Belgian pair of Sander Gilie and Joran Viegen to win the contest 2 matches to 1.