Australia beat Italy in the first challenge of the ATP Cup 2022. The team led by Vincenzo Santopadre manages to snatch the starting point thanks to Jannik Sinner before giving up with Matteo Berrettini, fresh from the injury dated Finals, and Simone Bolelli in the decisive double.
Alex de Minaur puts the signature on par, then Peers and Saville will close the match. In the same group the Russia of Daniil Medvedev (who loses the singles against Ugo Humbert) manages to redeem himself thanks to Safiullin (who also brings the point of the momentary advantage) in the doubles.
Max Purcell, natural replacement for James Duckworth, fails to organize a real defense against the blue number two. On the contrary. He practically has time to move the zero from the game box in the inaugural set and somehow manages to make the passive acceptable after an initial 4-0 hit by Italy.
Sinner, who closes with just four unforced errors, seals the success (obviously the first of the season) at 6-1 6-3 and gives Santopadre's team the point of the momentary advantage. An anonymous performance. Understandable, and legitimate, given the circumstances.
Against an opponent absolutely in better shape - Alex de Minaur - the number one of the Italy group is unable to close the accounts. You want for the low percentage of points with the second ball, you want for the difference from the baseline.
'Demon' breaks the balance during the fourth game and does not make any particular changes to the script. He catches the break even at 3-3 in the heart of the second set, but he still needs the tie break to harpoon the final 6-3 7-6 (4).
Santopadre entrusts Berrettini and Bolelli with the task of subverting the prediction. The couple formed by John Peers and Luke Saville proves simplistically stronger. The 6-4 7-5 that matures on the threshold of ninety minutes of play is practically a logical consequence.
Also noteworthy is the victory of the United States in the derby against Canada. John Isner easily beats Schnur, Taylor Fritz, on the other hand, comes back a set late from Felix Auger Aliassime. The couple then obviously put the signature on 3-0.
Novak Djokovic OFFICIALLY out of ATP Cup 2022
Novak Djokovic has officially decided not to participate in the ATP Cup 2022, a team competition scheduled from 1 to 9 January in Sydney, and not to postpone his come back to the court.
He therefore misses the first match of the 2022 season for the number one in the world, who a few days before the start of the event was still in doubt whether he had worn the Serbian shirt or not. Tennis Australia has announced the retirement of the 34-year-old native of Belgrade: Dusan Lajovic will therefore be the best of his nation and the one who will lead the group, followed by Filip Krajinovic, Nikola Cacic, Matej Sabanov.
With the absence of the winner of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021, Serbia's chances of victory in the tournament on ocean soil are significantly reduced. In the Davis Cup the country was led by Nole and managed to win the semifinals, then surrendering to Croatia.
The debut is set for Saturday 1 January with Casper Ruud's Norway. Then will follow the challenges with Chile and Spain, which will have Roberto Bautista Agut as number one. Before the start of 2022 the whole tennis world is eager to know news about Djokovic, who is not yet sure he can take part in the Australian tour and therefore in the first Grand Slam of the season (the Australian Open, an event in which he is the holder from three years of the title).
At the basis of the withdrawal from the ATP Cup, there is the impossibility at this time and with the rules currently established by the State of Victoria to be able to leave for Oceania, given that the attachment of the world number one to his is known.
nation, as well as the aspect that playing a competition before the Australian Open would have been very convenient for him. Djokovic continues to train in his Belgrade, fans and enthusiasts await news on his programming in January: in the last few hours a possible measure has sprung up that could be taken to allow the Serbian to arrive and play in Australia.