Rafael Nadal tweeted, “We decided within the team that I will not play any game here in Melbourne today.” He hopes to be able to return to the court on Thursday in the second duel between finalists Spain and Greece last year.
But even without him, Pablo Carreno Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut were 2–0 after two singles.
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Nadal will not take any chances for the Australian Open starting next week in Melbourne. There he wants to be the only Grand Slam record winner with one more win and then record 21 wins.
So far, he is ranked first in this ranking alongside Swiss Roger Federer, who will not debut in Australia.
Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, presented himself in top shape on the first day and lived up to his role as a favorite with 7: 5, 7: 5 against top Canadian player Denis Shapovalov.
Opening win for Serbia in ATP Cup: Novak Djokovic (left) happy with his doubles partner Filip Krajovic
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After the Canadians equalized 6: 3, 6: 4 by Milos Raonic against Dusan Lajovic, Djokovic won 7: 5, 7: 6 (7: 4) against Ronki / Shapovalov in doubles with Filip Krajinovic. .
Germany start against Canada on Wednesday
Germany will face the Canadians on Wednesday. Alexander Zverev, Jan-Lenard Ströf and two-time French Open winner Kevin Kravitz / Andreas Miz are in action. Last year, Germany were eliminated in the group game.
Before his season opener, Zverev said, “Last year I did not win the match in the ATP Cup. I had just got one set. It was not enough for me.
Thieme loses in singles and doubles
Austria suffered a loss to top player Dominic Thiem. The US Open champion lost both his singles against Matteo Beretini (2: 6, 4: 6) and in the final double from Dennis Novak in a 2–1 draw against Fognini / Beretini (1: 6, 4 🙂 Italy . ) is.
Novak had surprisingly clearly defeated Fabio Fognini 6: 3, 6: 2.
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