Monday, 27 January, 2020

Djokovic and Nadal lead their countries to convincing wins at ATP Cup

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"When Gael came and told me, "Yeah, you have to fight, you have to fight for the team", I did it, so that's why I'm happy".

World number one Rafael Nadal was in a punishing mood and kept his preparations for this month s Australian Open on track by dismantling Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-1 in Perth to help Spain seal their ATP Cup tie in Perth, Australia on Monday (January 6) and a quarter-final spot. The top team in each group and the two best second-place finishers will advance. In the match of the day, Denis Shapovalov meets the Alexander Zverev who's already amassed 24 double faults in his first matches.

Benoit Paire's victory over Dusan Lajovic was not enough to allow France to beat Serbia in the ATP Cup.

With Pat Rafter Arena packed with flag-waving, chanting Serbs, the atmosphere for the deciding doubles encounter was like a compact soccer stadium.

Top-ranked Nadal had little trouble with Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, racing to a 6-3, 7-5 victory, while long-time rival Djokovic was given more of a test by South Africa's Kevin Anderson before overcoming him 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6).

"We love playing for our country", Djokovic said afterwards.

"It was phenomenal. I mean, I didn't expect the Serbs to be honest, so many of them stay all the way through and basically spend a Christmas day with us after midnight, which is fantastic, "said Djokovic".

Djokovic, one of the best returners in men's tennis, put relentless pressure on Monfils' serve throughout, breaking him three times.

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His game-high plus/minus of +16 was an incredible figure in a closely contested battle that featured 10 ties and 13 lead changes. Mack said the coaching staff has been concerned at times about Nwora's shot selection, but that's something he can work through.

However, the loser could still qualify as the two best second-placed finishers will also reach the finals, along with each of the group winners.

"The inordinate loss of people, wildlife, stock, homes, schools and businesses is going to require an extraordinarily widespread effort to get these families and communities back on their feet", Tiley said.

A few weeks after leading Spain to the Davis Cup title, the traditional men's team event, Nadal does his best to try again at the ATP Cup, the latest in global team competition. "Everything was too short", said Nadal. I played a very solid match, my serve worked better than on day one, "said Nadal". "But if it comes down to. those conditions affecting the health of players, I think we should definitely consider it". "I used to be taking part in good so that they instructed me to simply preserve like this and we'll see".

Athletes and sports teams from both Australia and all around the world have offered financial aid since the bushfires broke out, including the Breakers who donated $26,000 after making 13 three-pointers in their 97-92 win over the Phoenix last night.

World number four Dominic Thiem did not have a great start to his preparation for the year's first Grand Slam in two weeks' time as he fell 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3 to Borna Coric of Croatia.

Both countries are 1-1 in the Group E standings, which are led by unbeaten Croatia. "I think at the end I played really good tennis".

Djokovic defeated Gayle Monfils 6-3, 6-2 within the males's singles match.

South Africa, spearheaded by Anderson, remain in contention after clean-sweeping Chile 3-0 in Brisbane.

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