A competition that started in 2020, the ATP Cup is a men’s competition that usually ushers in the Australian Open. The first Grand Slam of the year, which would usually be played in January will now be played in February. And it will feature some of the biggest names in the sport.
Divided into four groups and grouped according to their nationality, the best tennis players will go head-to-head for the next five days. With most of them having to train in hotels and all, their match fitness may not be up to speed. However, this star-studded tournament is largely expected to bring the sauce.
The reigning champions of the tournament, Serbia, will start off their campaign against Canada. Novak Djokovic and Lajovic Dusan will be flying the flag of the country at the tournament.
The champs have been drawn in Group A, alongside Germany and Canada. Other groupings include:
Group B: Australia, Greece, Spain
Group C: Austria, France, Italy
Group D: Argentina, Japan, Russia
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The advantages that countries will be holding on to in this tournament is the quality of their players. And if you’ll be betting on this game, you should check out the rankings of the players.
For instance, Novak Djokovic (Serbia), ranked number one, will take on Denis Shapovalov (Canada), ranked 12th on the rankings. Djokovic has won five of the last six meetings against this particular player. Sounds like a straight-forward win is on the cards for Serbia in this one.
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However, if you consider the other fixture that will feature Lajovic Dusan (ranked 26th) take on Milos Raonic (ranked 15th), then the meeting between the two countries takes a different outlook.
Two top Spanish players, Rafal Nadal and Bautista Agut will be flying the flag of the country high at the tournament. While the latter is ranked No. 2 in the world, the latter is 11 spots below his country man. When they face Australia, both players will face De Minaur Alex and John Millman respectively.
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Daniil Medvedev, fourth on the rankings, will be representing Russia in the ATP Cup. And his first game will be against an opponent that he has defeated five times in recent history, Diego Schwartzman. Although the Argentine is four years older than Daniil, he has never defeated him.
The ATP Cup tournament will take place the week before the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. It’s perfect for players looking to prepare for the tournament. Which countries do you think will win this trophy? Drop your comments below and join the conversation.