Day 5 at the inaugural ATP cup also proved to be packed with lot of excitement and entertainment. With a place in the knockout stage in sight each team tried to outdo the opponent. Let’s get a quick recap of what all happened and who were the victors and the vanquished at the 3 venues. Let’s see who all became winners on day 5.
Canada Beat Germany 2-1
He did exactly the same by defeating Germany’s Number 1 player Alexander Zverev in straight sets. Shapovalov and Aliassime would then wear also doubles hat for their side. They beat German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in 2 tight sets and thus put their side on the winners column.
Australia Beat Greece 3-0
In the night session at Brisbane Greece and Australia would come face to face with crowd roaring for the home side. John Millman gave the local team a great start by beating his Greek opponent Michail Pervolarakis in 3 sets.
The 2nd match was the battle of the rising superstars Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 2 would give the crowd a showpiece match. In 3 sets fought neck to neck and each decided with a tie breaker it was Kyrgios who managed to come out better and give his side a 2-0 lead.
In the doubles match also Australia would prevail with John Peers and Chris Guccione winning in straight sets. The home team would now go to Sydney for a knockout stage full of confidence.
Russia Beat Norway 3-0
With the Russian team already having consolidated position in the knockout stages they gave the chance to new players in the doubles match.
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Teymuraz Gabashvili and Konstantin Kravchuk met Norwegian pair of Ruud and Durasovic and won the match in 2 sets. This gave Russia a clean sweep and a great confidence for the quarter-final stage.
Italy Beat United States 3-0
In the evening session Italy’s Stefano and American Taylor Fritz played a tight match with the Italian coming out victorious in 2 tie break sets. Fabio Fognini then defeated John Isner thus giving his side a 2-0 lead.
The Italian pair of Simona Bolelli and Fabio Fognini then defeated Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek of the United States to make it 3-0.
Britain Beat Moldova 3-0
Over to Sydney and Britain would take on Moldova wanting to secure themselves a quarter-final berth. Britain would have an ideal star with Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans winning both their singles matches against Alexander Cozbinov and Radu Albot.
The British strong doubles pair of Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury would then win their doubles match in straight sets also. Thus by winning all their 3 matches in straight sets the Brits kept their chances of a knockout stage alive and strong.
Belgium Beat Bulgaria 2-1
In the evening session Belgium and Bulgaria met with both looking to increase their knockout place chances. Dimitar Kuzmanov scored an early win for Bulgaria as he beat Steve Darcis. Grigor Dimitrov then met David Goffin looking to put his side in the quarter-final stage through a win. Dimitrov won the 1st set but Goffin would come back in a strong manner winning the next 2 sets.
It was now the doubles match which would decide the fate of the contest. Bulgaria’s win would give them a place in the knockout stages while Belgium could finish 2nd in the group if they won thus keep alive their own chances subject to the permutations and combinations later on The Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen held their nerve and gave their team the much needed victory against Dimitrov and Lazarov in 3 epic sets. This would confirm Britain’s place in the quarter-final and Belgium would have to wait for day 6 results but having a lot of hopes.