AUSTRALIA: Day 2 of the ATP Cup lived up to the expectations with a number of lively matches filled with suspenseful drama and overzealous spectators the tennis sport has come to known with.
The first round of matches in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney completed with top three tanked players Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem playing their opening matches for respective countries.
Spain managed to sweep Georgia thanks to Nadal’s hard-fought singles and then doubles victory against a defiant Nikoloz Basilashvili at RAC Arena with 6-3, 7-5.
Team Serbia was off to a great start in the ATP Cup as Djokovic overcame South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6(5), 7-6(6) aided by Dusan Lajovic’s 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 victory facing Lloyd Harris.
France managed to secure its first victory for the tournament as Benoit Paire and Gael Monfils began recorded victories against Chile. Garin and Jarry combined to beat Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in doubles.
Argentina too made a running start in the championship thanks to Guido Pella and Hubert Hurkacz’s three-set wins despite having a 1-1 tie against Poland in Men’s doubles.
But it was team Japan that truly dominated Day 2’s play. Go Soeda and Yoshihito Nishioka imposed an unbeatable 2-0 lead against Uruguay whereas Toshihide Matsui and Ben McLachlan beat Ariel Behar and Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 6-4 to complete their side’s sweep for the day.
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