Five things that matter on Day 3 of the ATP Cup | ATP circuit

The ATP Cup will heat up on Matchday 3 with Serbia, Spain, Argentina and Poland seeking their second group victory in Sydney. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz, Diego Schwartzman and Roberto Bautista Agut are the main singles players in action at Ken Rosewall Arena or Qudos Bank Arena.

Here are the five things that matter most ahead of Day 3 of the ATP Cup.

Tsitsipas vs. Schwartzman
Argentina will look to replicate the form that saw the team win 3-0 against Georgia on Sunday. As world No.44 Federico Delbonis begins the nightly Group D encounter against Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis, all eyes will be on the scheduled No.1 game between Tsitsipas and Schwartzman in their first meeting in nearly four years.

The questions are: will Tsitsipas’ right elbow, which he has been struggling with since November, hold up? The world No.4 did not face Pole Hurkacz two days ago, but joined Pervolarakis to win the doubles match. Schwartzman got the better of Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-5 in the semi-finals of Antwerp 2017, but lost 6-2, 6-1 to Barcelona in April 2018.

Garin’s flashback
Two years ago, Serbia beat Chile 2-1. Four players – Dusan Lajovic and Nikola Cacic of Serbia and Chileans Cristian Garin and Alejandro Tabilo – were part of the tie in Brisbane and feature in their squads this year. Incredibly, eight years ago, Garin became the fifth player aged 16 or under since 2000, to win an ATP Tour game when he beat Lajovic in the first round of Vina del Mar. A few months later, he wins the junior title at Roland Garros.

On day 3 in Sydney, the players meet again. Filip Krajinovic, who won two matches for Serbia to secure a 2-1 victory over Norway on Sunday, will start the Group A game against Tabilo at Qudos Bank Arena.

The return trip from Metreveli
Aleksandre Metreveli, the grandson of 1973 Wimbledon finalist Alex Metreveli, who represented Georgia at the 2020 ATP Cup in Brisbane, is grateful when he faces world No.9 Hurkacz from Poland in the squad. D on the Ken Rosewall Arena. Five years ago, Metreveli broke both legs in a car crash, and was told he couldn’t run – let alone play tennis.

Speaking to ATPTour.com, Metreveli revealed: “I was lying in a bed, on my back, in my parents’ house in one position for four and a half months. Then I went to Turkey and I had four more surgeries. I started walking on crutches for four months, then rehab, running, jogging and stretching. I played for 15 minutes about 14 months after the accident , not running, but standing and punching, and I was super happy that day. I still remember that day, with my family. It was a big day for us, we hit for 20-25 minutes with my trainer, then I wanted to play more.

Will Norway shock Spain?
Two years ago, on January 3, Norway sent shockwaves through the ATP Cup in Brisbane with a victory over the United States on Matchday 1. Ruud proved to be the inspiration, with a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (10), 7-5 victory over John Isner before teaming up with Viktor Durasovic in the decisive doubles match. Ruud, of course, is No.8 in the ATP Rankings after a career best 2021 season with 57 match wins and five ATP Tour titles.

Can Ruud and Durasovic team up to beat Spain? Durasovic will open the Group A match against Pablo Carreno Busta at Qudos Bank Arena, before world number 19 Bautista Agut – with an 8-2 ATP Cup singles record – collides with Ruud, whom he has beaten 6-4, 6-3 in Munich 2018 second round. Bautista Agut, one of the ATP Tour’s most versatile players, has won 15 matches against top 10 opponents.

Players get the most out of the team area
With every change there is already a lot of strategy, tactical talk and banter in the ATP Cup squads area. Daniel Evans admitted after his win over Jan-Lennard Struff on Sunday that the Great Britain team joked about how captain Liam Broady barely said a word. Greek captain Apostolos Tsitsipas consulted the team zone tablet to highlight different games with Pervolarakis and Aristotelis Thanos against Poland, while Taylor Fritz was in constant dialogue with United States captain Michael Russell in his victory. fierce against Felix-Auger-Aliassime of Canada.

Russell told ATPTour.com: “It’s a unique experience, but I enjoyed it. I think it’s great. I would like to see it in more events, where there is more training on the field or involvement on the field between the player and the coach or the team member.

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SCHEDULE – MONDAY JANUARY 3, 2022

KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 10:00 am
Group D – Poland v Georgia, Day Session
K. Majchrzak (POL) v A. Bakshi (GEO)
H. Hurkacz (POL) v A. Metreveli (GEO)
Subject to modifications – S. Walkow (POL) / J. Zielinski (POL) vs A. Bakshi (GEO) / A. Metreveli (GEO)

Start 5:30 p.m.
Group D – Greece v Argentina, night session
M. Pervolarakis (GRE) v F. Delbonis (ARG)

Not before 7:00 p.m.
S. Tsitsipas (GRE) v D. Schwartzman (ARG)
Subject to modifications – M. Pervolarakis (GRE) / S. Tsitsipas (GRE) vs M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG)

QUDOS BANK ARENA start 10:00 am
Group A – Norway v Spain, Day Session
V. Durasovic (NOR) v P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
C. Ruud (NOR) v R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
Subject to change – V. Durasovic (NOR) / C. Ruud (NOR) vs A. Davidovich Fokina (ESP) / P. Martinez (ESP)

Start 5:30 p.m.
Group A – Serbia v Chile, Night session
F. Krajinovic (SRB) vs. A. Tabilo (CHI)

Not before 7:00 p.m.
D. Lajovic (SRB) v C. Garin (CHI)
Subject to modifications – N. Cacic (SRB) / M. Sabanov (SRB) vs T. Barrios Vera (CHI) / A. Tabilo (CHI)

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