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Djokovic Wins, Nadal Withdraws, Thiem Shut Out At ATP Cup

Novak Djokovic

 

Day one of the ATP Cup turned out to be quite eventful with three big stories.

Novak Djokovic paced Serbia’s win over Canada beating Denis Shapovalov in singles 7-5, 7-5 then teaming Filip Krajinovic to beat Shapovalov and Raonic.

“We don’t get to see crowds in the tennis stadiums these days so much, so it’s definitely a blessing. I’m really grateful to see you guys here in the stands,” Djokovic said.

“It was a very close match. Playing Shapo is always a great challenge on hard courts. He’s such a dynamic, explosive player; very talented. I thought we played on a very high level, so I’m really pleased with how I’ve started the season. This is the best way to kickstart the season, playing for your country.”

Djokovic is now 10-0 at the event after leading Serbia to the title last year.

Rafael Nadal surprise withdrawal didn’t hurt Spain’s chances as they swept home Australia 3-0 as Pablo Carreno Busta starred going 2-0.

Nadal pulled out of his match against Alex De Minaur due to a back problem. He hopes to good for Thursday.

He tweeted, “Hi all, we have decided with #TeamSpain and my team, to not play today the first match of the @ATPCup here in #Melbourne since I have a stiff low back. Hopefully I’ll be better for Thursday. We have a strong team, all the to @pablocarreno91 @BautistaAgut & @M_Granollers #vamos 🇪🇸”

Reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem had a tough start to 2021 going 0-2 in Austria’s 2-1 loss to Italy. Matteo Berrettini beat Thiem 6-2, 6-4 and then also in doubles.

 

 

 

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