Australia handed nightmare draw alongside Spain and Greece — ATP Cup

25 Janvier, 2021, 02:12 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • ATP Cup

Second seed Spain, which finished runner-up in 2020, will aim to move through Group B, which includes Greece and host country Australia.

Novak Djokovic and his defending champion Serbia squad will play Germany and Canada in group play at the ATP Cup from February 1-5 at Melbourne Park. Alex de Minaur leads the Australian lineup that made the semifinals previous year.

World number one Djokovic successfully used the event as an Australian Open warm-up past year, leading Serbia to victory over Spain in the final before claiming his eighth major at Melbourne Park and 17th overall.

The 12 countries set to compete in the second edition of the ATP Cup, taking place in Melbourne the week prior to the Australian Open, were assigned to four groups at the official tournament draw today.

Kyrgios paid the price for a year of inaction because of COVID-19 concerns when his world ranking slipped to 46, leaving Alex de Minaur to lead the home side. Following the group stage, the four group winners will advance to the knock-out semifinals to continue battling for the prestigious title.

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"That first group that's come out is pretty, pretty brutal really with Serbia, Germany and Canada", Petchey said.

Russian Federation are the only team with two top 10 players in their side in Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, while Argentina and Japan are led by world number nine Diego Schwartzman and world number 41 Kei Nishikori respectively.

Meanwhile, world number three Dominic Thiem will be looking to carry Austria to the semi-finals for the first time, drawn in pool C with Italy and France.

Group D: Russia, Argentina and Japan.

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