The defending Russian team beat Italy 2-1 and advanced to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The Briton, who won with the Americans, kept the chances of getting out of the group.

Marcin Mutica

Danio Medvedev

PAP / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON / Pictured: Danio Midodio

In the final of the previous edition of the ATP Cup, Russia defeated Italy. This year, the two teams played in the third round of the group stage and it was a match to enter the semi-finals. And like 11 months ago (then the ATP Cup was held in February), the Russian team was better – this time 2-1.

Russia is better than Italy again

But Thursday’s match started better for Italy. In the first match, Jannik Sinner defeated Roman Safiullin 7:6 (6), 6:3 and scored his sixth consecutive victory in the national colors. – I love playing for our country and I’m glad I scored the goal. Romain played an amazing performance, so in the most important moments I had to give my best tennis – said the 20-year-old from San Candido, quoted by atptour.com.

Danio Medvedev led to the tie. The Russian captain did not break even once and won 6:2, 6:7 (5), 6:4 with Matteo Berrettini. – In the first set I was in control of the match, but in the second I had some bad decisions. Fortunately, I learned from this in the third installment. It also helped that I did well throughout the match – I evaluated the Moscow team.

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All four singles joined the decisive doubles. The critical game kept you in suspense until the end. In the end, Medvedev and Savulin turned the scales in their favour, defeating Britney and Sener 5:7, 6:4, 10-5, bringing their team to the semi-finals.

The British expanded their hopes

In the third group match, Britain and the United States faced each other, with a balance of 1-1 after two rounds. The winning team got a chance to advance to the semi-finals. And the Britons, who won 2-1, can still contemplate a place in the top four.

There was a tie after the singles matches. First, Daniel Evans 6:4, 7:6 (3) defeated John Isner, then Taylor Fritz in three sets turned out to be better than Cameron Norrie.

In the decisive doubles, Evans and Jimmy Murray made up for a set loss and breakthroughs and overpowered 6:7 (3), 7:5, 10-8 against Fritz/Esner.

The United Kingdom will be in the semi-finals if Germany defeats Canada in Thursday’s Group C match. In the event of an opposite outcome, the Canadians will advance to the semi-finals.

Russia – Italy 2: 1
ATP Cup, Pool B Hard Court Sydney (Australia)
Thursday January 6
Game 1.: Roman Svilolin – Yannick Sener 6:7(6), 3:6
game 2.: Danio Medvedev – Matteo Berrettini 6:2, 6:7 (5), 6:4
game 3.: Danio Medvedev / roman svilolin – Matteo Berrettini / Yannick Sener 5:7, 6:4, 10-5

Great Britain – USA 2: 1
ATP Cup, Group C Hard Court Sydney (Australia)
Thursday January 6
Game 1.: Daniel Evans – John Isner 6:4, 7:6 (3)
game 2.: Cameron Norrie – Taylor Fritz 6:7 (4), 6:3, 1:6
game 3.: Daniel Evans / Jimmy Murray – Taylor Fritz/John Eisner 6:7(3), 7:5, 10-8

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