The defending Russia won the second match and is closer to reaching the semi-finals of the third edition of the ATP Cup in Sydney. The Canadians were delighted with Tuesday’s first win.

Rafai Smolensky

Danio Medvedev

PAP / EPA / MICK TSIKAS / Pictured: Danio Medudio

Recently, Russian tennis fans got used to the fact that Danio Medvedev and Andrei Rublev play their first violin in the national team. They led the team to victories in the 2021 ATP Cup and 2021 Davis Cup. However, the latter was lost in Sydney due to COVID-19. However, this did not affect the position of the Russian, because Roman Sviulin, winner of the 2015 Australian Open Junior Championships, makes a big splash in the team.

Safiullin did his part again on Tuesday. First he defeated James Duckworth 7:6 (6), 6:4 in singles, then scored in doubles along with Medvedev. The Russians won the doubles of John Beers and Luke Savile 7:6 (7), 3:6, 10-6. The runner-up in the ATP rankings added a point in the singles, beating Alex de Minaur 6:4, 6:2.

When we play for the country, we fight to the last ball. I wasn’t feeling well before the game, but I took a mild pain reliever before going out on the field. I am pleased with the position of Roman, who won all the matches in which he participated – said Medvedev (quote from atpcup.com). Russia won the second match in Group B and will advance to the semi-finals against Italy on Thursday.

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In Group C, the Canadian team took the first victory. It began with the defeat of Denis Shapovalov with Daniel Evans 4: 6, 4: 6. But then Felix Auger-Aliassime intervened. The Montreal tennis player first won the single Cameron Norrie 7:6 (4), 6:3. He then went to the doubles match and won with Shapovalov a strong duo of Jimmy Murray and Joe Salisbury 6:4, 6:1.

– I am very happy with the victory. When you go out onto the field to face a successful player like Cam, you try to find a way to win. I’m glad I kept the team in the match – admitted Auger Aliassime.

Canada won their first match in the 2022 ATP Cup and things got really interesting in Group C. All teams have 1-1 after two rounds, but the Americans are in the best position, having won four out of six matches (4-2). The United States will face Great Britain on Thursday, and Canada will face Germany.

Russia – Australia 3-0
ATP Cup, Pool B Hard Court Sydney (Australia)
Tuesday 4 January
Game 1.: roman svilolin – James Duckworth 7:6 (6), 6:4
game 2.: Danio Medvedev – Alex de Minor 6:4, 6:2
game 3.: roman svilolin / danio medudio – John Pearce / Luke Savile 7:6 (7), 3:6, 10-6

Canada – UK 2:1
ATP Cup, Group C Hard Court Sydney (Australia)
Tuesday 4 January
Game 1.: Denis Shapovalov – Daniel Evans 4:6, 4:6
game 2.: Felix Auger-Aliassime – Cameron Norrie 7:6(4), 6:3
game 3.: Felix Auger Eliassim / Denis Shapovalov – Jimmy Murray/Joe Salisbury 6:4, 6:1

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