ATP Cup: Italy and Russia, the first with a ticket to the semifinals


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ATP Cup: Italy and Russia, the first with a ticket to the semifinals

They are the advanced ones, Italy, for Group C, and Russia, for Group D, have already secured their place in the semifinals, being the first two teams to obtain their zones and take that firm step in the ATP Cup, in Melbourne.

Italy, with Matteo Berrettini as a figure, after beating Dominic Thiem in the debut and this Wednesday Gael Monfils, was key to his formation.

Thus, with the 2-1 successes against Austria and France, Italy was consolidated as the best in Group C of the contest, which this time, in its second version, has fewer teams, with 12, due to covid-19.

On your own, Russia, lead by Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, became the second team to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Cup after the classification of Italy, after eliminating Japan. Identical case of the team in which Berrettini excels, the Russians won 2-1 both games.

There is an alert in Australia, since this Thursday there is no activity in the ATP Cup, neither in the ATP tournaments nor the WTA, due to a case of coronavirus in an employee of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne. 600 people who stay there were isolated and must be tested to see if they are negative.

Therefore, on Thursday they will not close with action in groups A and B of this contest and it is expected that they can play on Friday. In A, Serbia, led by its great figure, Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 in the world, seeks to beat Germany to reach the semifinals.

Both are coming from beating Canada and it is presumed that Djokovic and company can make that leap towards the lot of the best four. His team is the defending champion, after winning the first version of the tournament in January 2020.

Therefore, Rafael Nadal’s Spain, which has just overtaken local Australia, aims to beat Greece and move on, with the goal of winning the main cup. The No. 2 ATP rankings missed his debut with a low back injury and hopefully he can face Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday.


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