After careful consideration, ATP has decided to hold the second edition of the ATP Cup from February 1st to 5th. Instead of the 24 teams competing for the crown in 2020, 12 countries will seek trophies next month in the final preparations ahead of the Australian Open.
14 out of 15 major players in the world (except Roger Federer), including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, will defend the color of the country and seek both trophies and ATP points.
A year ago, Serbia defeated Spain 2-1 to win their first victory. With Russia, led by two top 10 players, they have become a favorite again. Serbia declared their first ATP Cup victory in January last year, beating Spain 2-1 in Sydney.
Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Dusan Lajović 7-5, 6-1 in 1 hour and 37 minutes in the opening round, placing Spain on the driving seat ahead of the expected second collision. In the 55th match on the tour, Novak Djokovic won the 29th victory in the world’s No. 29.
1 9 consecutive victories on the hard court to keep Rafael Nadal and Serbia alive. Novak achieved six consecutive victories at the beginning of the season, winning 6-2 and 7-6 in 1 hour 55 minutes. Before Nadal responded in the second set, Djokovic dominated the first set, contacted the Serbs, and missed the opportunity to extend the encounter.
Novak got off to a great start by losing just 14 points in 10 service games, repelling five break chances and stealing Nadal’s serve twice with the opener. Rafa did better in the second set and followed Novak’s pace after erasing two late break chances, but fell into a tiebreaker and sent Novak to the top with Serbia after the US Open 2013. Lost hard in every match!
Novak converted his third break chance in the first game and created more damage with a 3-1 return.
Twelve teams are seeking the crown of the second ATP Cup.
Rafa stayed in one break deficit, dodging two break chances, before Novak landed another deep return and climbed to 5-2.
The Serbians serving the set looked good to blast four service winners 39 minutes later, draw 6-2 and sign a second deal. As he leveled up, Rafa lost only 3 points in the first three service games and gained five break chances 3-2. This allowed us to gain momentum and get closer to the set.
Producing a bold and brave blow, Djokovic repelled all of them to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard, worked well by the end of the set and had the chance to sign a deal in Game 11. Rafa pushed his back against the wall, saving two breakpoints and firing two winners to reach the tiebreaker.
Before Djokovic reacted with two winners, he led 3-2, moved forward 4-3, and scored another mini-break with the backhand downline winner at 9 points. Nadal scored a forehand at Novak’s first match point and handed Novak a victory prior to the decisive doubles encounter.
Djokovic soon returned to the court with Viktor Troicki, defeating Pablo Carreño Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour and 15 minutes, overcoming the deficit and Serbian name on the beautiful trophy. I attached.
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