Argentina beat Georgia 3-0, but Spain easily occupied Chile by the same margin in the opening round of a team-based tournament at two Sydney stadiums.
Spain and Argentina easily won the ATP Cup relationship with the return of men’s professional tennis in the 2022 season at a lucrative team tournament at Sydney’s Olympic Park.
Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreño Basta downplayed Rafael Nadal’s absence on Saturday with a contrasting victory over Chile’s Christian Garin and Alejandro Tabiro.
Carreño Basta started from 0-3 on both sets and a decisive tiebreaker before overcoming the tricky left-handed Tabilo 6-4 7-6 (4) in his first match of the year at Ken Rosewall. I was forced to come from 1-3 again. Arena.
Bautista Agut then steam-rolled world number 17 Garin 6-0 6-3, giving the Spaniards an unattackable lead in Group A Thailand ahead of the doubles rubber.
“I played tennis very early on the first day of the year,” said Bautista Agut, world number 19.
“Today was a good start for me. I played a very solid game. I felt good rhythm and good speed. I’m really happy.”
Federico Delbonis had previously won 6-1 6-2 at the Sydney Superdome, playing lightly with Alexander Metreveri, and Argentina took a 1-0 lead against Group D Georgia.
Diego Schwartzman then beat Nikoloz Basilashvili with the same score, while Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni defeated Zula Chemalaze and Saba Pluzelaze again in doubles 6-1 6-2.
In the third edition of the $ 10 million tournament, 16 teams will be divided into four groups to play at two venues in Sydney’s Olympic Park.
Absence of major players
The event has lost its brilliance due to the absence of Novak Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer for a variety of reasons, but 14 of the world’s top 20 players are heading towards the start of the Australian Open on January 17th. I am active.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fourth largest in the world, will launch a 2022 campaign in Group D against Hubert Hurkacz in Poland in a Greek cause later on Saturday.
Daniil Medvedev, who is second only to Djokovic in the world ranking, will represent Russia, the current champion, in the opening match of Group B with France on Sunday.
https://www.trtworld.com/sport/spain-argentina-secure-opening-wins-at-atp-cup-53200?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss Spain and Argentina secure opening victory in ATP Cup