It’s all to play for on the last day of the ATP Cup group matches, with Spain, Serbia, Greece, and Germany all in with a shot of securing a place in the semi-finals.
And with Russia and Italy having claimed the first two spots in the semis, it’s all to play for in what’s set to be a thrilling Friday of ATP Cup action.
Serbia vs Germany
Serbia and Germany are currently tied at the top of Group A on one point each and will face-off today in what’s set to be a gripping winner-takes-all bout.Embed from Getty Images
But in what’s set to be a blockbuster bout that could decide the tie, reigning champions Serbia will pip their all-star player, Novak Djokovic, against Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
And the German has been known to put up a fight against the world No.1 in pressure situations.
Having toppled Djokovic at the finals of 2017 Rome Masters, and the 2018 ATP Nitto Finals, Zverev has used his powerful backhand to defeat the world No.1 in the past and will be hoping to do the same to Djokovic later today.
But after going 0-3 against Djokovic in their last three meetings, it will no doubt be a tough test for the German.Embed from Getty Images
Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic will also take on Jan-Lennard Struff in the other singles tie of the day. The players last met in 2014 where Krajinovic came back from going a set down to defeat his opponent.
But the Serbian is out of form, having lost four of his last five matches and Struff will look to capitalise on that to help Germany advance to the next round.
Spain vs Greece
With their talisman Nadal watching from the sidelines, Team Spain’s 3-0 win against Australia on Tuesday has set them up on a solid platform to win the group.
But they’ll have to get past a hungry Greek side first, who also have a chance to advance to the semi-finals.
Although with Australia and Spain already both sitting on one point each, the Greeks will need to win a clean sweep of matches against Spain in order to progress to the next round on their wins/losses percentage.
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Either way, the action kicks-off at 10 am on the John Cain arena, with world No.16 Pablo Carreno Busta taking on Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis.
After that, world No.6, Stefanos Tsitsipas will take on Roberto Bautista-Agut who had an excellent start to his season, defeating the impressive Aussie talent Alex de Minaur on Tuesday.
And looking at those singles matchups, we reckon this tie could come down to the doubles match later this afternoon.Embed from Getty Images
Pervolarakis and Tsitsipas will team up to face Carreno Busta and Marcel Granollers. The Spaniards have played together twice as a partnership and will be looking to use their powerful service games to nullify the Greek offence.
It’s set to be a ripper of a match, and we can’t wait to see how it will unfold!
A tough semi-final awaits
With a dominant Russian side and an ascending Italian waiting for them in the semis, whoever makes it through will be in for a seriously tough match this weekend.
World No.10 Matteo Berrettini and his Italian teammate Fabio Fognini have been a pleasure to watch this week, especially as Berrettini dominated Dominic Thiem on Tuesday, beating the world No.3 in straight sets.
And he wasn’t done there, taking down France’s Gael Monfils in the next round.
Italy will undoubtedly take some stopping this coming weekend and will likely face-off against either Germany or Serbia.Embed from Getty Images
On the other side of the draw, Russia have been obliterating their opponents with their dominating duo, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev. Together, the pair are yet to drop a set this week.
Medvedev, in particular, showed his class to defeat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and the ever experienced Kei Nishikori both in straight sets.
Although, Russia have struggled in their doubles matches this week, losing both their games. This could be an area where their opposition could pick up some crucial points.
Whatever happens, it’s going to be a cracking day of tennis!
You don’t want to miss it!
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