ATP Cup: Novak Djokovic won, Thiem lost

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ATP Cup: Novak Djokovic won, Thiem lost

Novak Djokovic restarts from a victory. The world number one breaks Denis Shapovalov's resistance with a double 7-5 and grabs the tenth consecutive success in the ATP Cup. The Serbian champion redeems Dusan Lajovic's misstep against Milos Raonic at the opening of the day and then guides Filip Krajinovic towards the double success.

Serbia thus takes the lead in Group A while waiting for Germany. In the match that starts the second edition of the ATP Cup (won in 2020 by Novak Djokovic's Serbia) Dennis Novak gets rid of a Fabio Fognini still far from the best condition without resorting to overtime.

The miracle somehow does the Italian number one, avalanche on Dominic Thiem. Berrettini commands with the available serve but dominates above all in the opposing half of the court. Needless to say, between the first and the second fraction, he strings together a series of four consecutive breaks and shoots 6-2 4-0 without the slightest problem.

Thiem recovers, yes, one of the two disadvantaged breaks, but he never manages to get back on track or offer real resistance. The 6-2 6-4 that matures on the threshold of ninety minutes of play is in some way a manifesto. Instead, we could relegate to numbers the thorny task of telling Fognini's non-match.

Thirty-eight unforced errors, six double faults, well below thirty the percentage of points with the second ball. The initial break, absolutely illusory, makes the score in some way acceptable: it actually ends 6-3 6-2 without particular jolts.

The Ligurian manages at least to remain competitive in the double final and to accompany Matteo Berrettini towards success. Through his social media profiles, in particular the Twitter one, Rafael Nadal has announced that he will not play the first match of the ATP Cup 2021.

Here is the following message from the Spaniard: "Hello everyone, I have decided with Spain and my team not to play my first match today for the ATP Cup. I am forced to forfeit due to a back problem and I hope to be better for the next race on Thursday.

We have a strong team, I wish Pablo Carreno Busta the best." Rafael Nadal has many commitments at the start of the season and on Thursday with Spain he will be involved in the last match of the group against Stefanos Tsitsipas' Greece.

At the end of the ATP Cup then there will immediately be the Australian Open, a tournament where Rafa is among the favorites and certainly aims to achieve the record of 21 Grand Slam titles. Both at the ATP Cup and at the Australian Open on Nadal's path there will be world number one Novak Djokovic, who appeared from the first bars of this year in great shape.

The number two in the world and Spanish number one tennis player Rafael Nadal has announced through social media that he will not participate in the debut match at the ATP Cup of his nation, the match between numbers one that should have seen him protagonist together with the Australian Alex De Minaur.

Last year Nadal and De Minaur were the protagonists of a great match right here at the ATP Cup where Rafael Nadal won the victory after three hard-fought sets and where Alex De Minaur showed everyone much of his talent.