The big stars all came out ahead at the ATP Cup Wednesday.
In the team competition, Germany to the end to Canada as Alexander Zverev hung on in a final set breaker to beat Denis Shapovalov 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4).
“It was kind of a typical first match of the season where I had a lot of chances but let them go a little bit,” Zverev said after his first career ATP Cup win. “In the end I did a good job winning the tie-break, played some good points and getting the win for Germany is the most important thing right now.”
Canada, 0-2, was eliminated from the event.
Led by the duo of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, Russia stayed strong beating Japan 2-1. Medevedev cruised past Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4. Rublev dropped just four games to Yoshihto Nishioka.
Russia is now 2-0 and into the semifinals while Japan goes to 0-1.
“Really happy for the team,” said Medvedev. “Semi-finals is a big step… Really happy that we made it in both singles. Straight sets, so really happy for the team and hopefully we can go further than that.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas opened strong with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Alex De Minaur. But the home Aussies took the tie 2-1.
And Matteo Berrettini continued to impress leading Italy to a 2-1 win over France and make the semifinals.
“It’s a great team, great guys. We are enjoying on court, but off court as well. I think when you’re playing for your country, for your team, it’s something special,” Berrettini said. “Definitely this is a competition that I missed last year and this year I was really looking forward to playing. I’m happy to be here and really happy for my team because we are through to the semifinals.”
The final day of the round robin was to see Novak Djokovic taking on Zverev, Tsitsipas against Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem against Gael Monfils. Nadal has said his back is not well enough to face the Greek.
In the 250s, Nick Kyrgios collected another win at the Murray River Open while top seed David Goffin fell to 17-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz who became the youngest player to beat a Top 15 since 2004 when a 17-year-old Richard Gasquet upset Nicolas Massu in Argentina.
Reilly Opelka and Jannik Sinner were also winners.
At the Great Ocean Road, Stan Wawrinka opened with a three set win.
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