After defeats in the first series of matches, Germany and Italy won the matches of the second round of the ATP Cup 2022. The captains of both teams – Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini did a great job.

Marcin Mutica

Alexander Zverev

PAP / EPA / DAVID GRAY / Pictured: Alexander Zverev

Germany’s national team lost in the first round of the 2022 ATP Cup to Great Britain – and to preserve the chance of climbing out of Group C – on Monday had to defeat the US team, who won the opening with Canada. And our western neighbors did the job, winning 2-1.

Germany still has a chance

Jan-Lennard Struve scored the first point. The 31-year-old from Warstein withstood John Isner’s service bombardment (34 aces) and beat the American 7:6 (7), 4:6, 7:5. – It’s not just his service that makes John a tough contender. You also need to focus on your passes when playing with him, because if you lose them, it is not easy to make up for the loss. That’s why I’m happy with the way I played and with the victory – said Struve, citing atptour.com.

The victory of the Germans was ensured by their leader Alexander Zverev. The tennis player from Hamburg beat Taylor Fritz 6:4, 6:4 in an hour and a half. “The most important thing is that we won and gave ourselves a chance to reach the semi-finals,” Zverev stressed.

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The Americans won an honorary point in the doubles. Fritz and Isner defeated 6-0, 6-3 against a pair of Kevin Krawetz/Tim Potts. The United Kingdom and Canada will face their Group C match on Tuesday.

Brittany and Sener are too strong for the French

In the second group, the losers of the first round met – Italy and France. For both teams it was a match for everything. The title was won by tennis players from the Apennine Peninsula, winning 3-0.

At the start of the competition, Jannik Sinner defeated Arthur Rindernik 6:3, 7:6 (3). For the 20-year-old from San Candido, this is the sixth consecutive game that the national team has won. – The first group was under my control. In the second, I lost my intensity, but luckily found a way, Sener commented.

Matteo Berrettini raised the score to 2-0, winning 6:4, 7:6 (6) with Ugo Humbert. – It was a really tough match. To win, I had to play at the highest level in the most important moments – I judged the tennis player from Rome.

After victories in the single, Berrettini and Sinner competed in doubles and defeated 6:3, 6:7 (7), 10-8 husband Fabrice Martin/Edward Roger Vaslin. And now the Italians are waiting for the result of the second match in this group between Russia and Australia.

Italy – France 3-0
ATP Cup, Pool B Hard Court Sydney (Australia)
Tuesday 4 January
Game 1.: Yannick Sener – Arthur Rinderknik 6:3, 7:6 (3)
game 2.: Matteo Berrettini – Ugo Humbert 6:4, 7:6 (6)
game 3.: Matteo Berrettini / Yannick Sener – Fabrice Martin / Edward Roger Vaslin 6:3, 6:7 (7), 10-8

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Germany – USA 2: 1
ATP Cup, Group C Hard Court Sydney (Australia)
Tuesday 4 January
Game 1.: Jean-Lennard Struff – John Isner 7:6 (7), 4:6, 7:5
game 2.: Alexander Zverev – Taylor Fritz 6:4, 6:4
game 3.: Kevin Krawetz / Tim Poetz – Taylor Fritz / John Isner 0:6, 3:6

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