SYDNEY (AP) – John Isner and Taylor Fritz beat their Canadian rivals to give the United States a 2-0 lead on day two of the 16-team ATP Cup tournament.
In another series on Sunday, defending champions Russia got off to a good start when Roman Safiulin defeated Frenchman Arthur Rinderknecht 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Isner defeated Breyden Schnoor 6-1, 6-4 in 66 minutes to beat the United States. Schnur came last in place of Denis Shapovalov, who was ruled out of the first singles game of the series due to fatigue. The Canadian is recovering after catching COVID-19 at a recent tournament in the Middle East.
Fritz then rallied one set down to secure a 6–7 (6), 6–4, 6–4 victory over Felix Auger-Aliassim to secure the series before the doubles match.
Italy faces Australia and Germany faces Great Britain in the clash of the night.
On Saturday, Greece greatly missed Stefanos Tsitsipas in singles matches, who was recovering from an elbow injury when they lost to Poland on the opening day of the tournament. On the same opening day, Argentine Diego Schwartzman and Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut propelled their respective teams to comfortable wins.
Tsitsipas, ranked fourth in the world, was knocked out shortly before his clash with Hubert Herkaz, ninth in the world, and who beat his replacement Aristotelis Thanos 6–1, to give Poland an unassailable 2–0 lead. was defeated 6-2. Kamil Mazchrazak beat Michael Pervolarakis 6-1, 6-4
Tsitsipas watched from the team bench, with an ice pack on his right elbow, as Harkaz defeated Thanos, who is ranked 1,076th in the rankings.
Greece found consolation when Tsitsipas joined Pervolarakis in doubles to beat Szyman Wako and Jan Zielinski 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.
Tsitsipas had surgery in November and there are concerns he could suffer a setback ahead of the Australian Open this month.
Tsitsipas admitted, “My recovery from my elbow surgery is in order and today was just a precautionary measure so that I can make it to Melbourne.” “We will see day by day, until then we will see.”
For their part, Argentina beat Georgia 3–0, while Spain easily beat Chile by equal margins in a tournament played at different stadiums in Sydney without Rafael Nadal.
World No. 13 Schwartzman beat compatriot Federico Delbonis with an equal score to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-2 to beat Argentina 2-0 in singles games.
Maximo González and Andrés Molteni beat Georgian pair Saba Pertseldez and Jura Tkemaladez 6–1, 6–2 in a doubles match to complete Argentina’s 3–0 victory.
Spain’s Pablo Carreo Busta put his team 1-0 ahead after recovering from breakdown losses in both sets in a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win over Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo.
Roberto Bautista Agut beat Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-0, 6-3 to give Spain a win on day one.
Alejandro Davidovich Focina and Pedro Martínez ensured Spain’s victory with 7-6(3), 4-6, 10-7 wins over Tomas Barrios Vera and Tabilo.
Due to the lack of world number one Novak Djokovic, Serbia started the tournament by beating Norway 2–1. Filip Krajinovic did double duty – teamed up with Nikola Kasik to beat Kasper Rudd and Viktor Durasovic 7-6(3), 6-3 after a Serb and Norwegian singles victory in the deciding doubles match,
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