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Spain and Argentina cruise to opening wins at ATP Cup

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut led their respective groups to comfy victories Saturday at the opening day of the 16-team ATP Cup event.

Argentina beat Georgia 3-0, whilst Spain simply accounted for Chile by means of the similar margin within the opening ties of the team-based event being performed throughout two Sydney stadiums.

Global quantity 13 Schwartzman defeated Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-2, after compatriot Federico Delbonis received by means of the similar rating in opposition to Aleksandre Metreveli to present Argentina an unassailable 2-0 lead from the singles fits.

Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni then gave the Argentines a blank sweep defeating Georgian pair Saba Pertseladze and Zura Tkemaladze 6-1, 6-2 within the doubles tie to present Argentina a 3-0 win.

Within the day’s different tie, Global No 20 Pablo Carreno Busta gave Spain an early lead as he rallied from being a wreck down in each units to defeat Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Roberto Bautista Agut seemed in superb shape as he disposed of Chile’s global No.17 Cristian Garin 6-0, 6-3 to seal the tie for Spain.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Pedro Martinez clinched a blank sweep for Spain with a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 10-7 win over Chile’s Tomas Barrios Vera and Tabilo.

Even with out Rafael Nadal, who’s preparation for the Australian Open has been disrupted by means of a good check for coronavirus, Spain confirmed why they’re a number of the liked groups on the event.

“Nowadays was once a just right get started for me, an overly forged sport, in reality satisfied. I love those stipulations,” global No.19 Bautista Agut mentioned.

Serbia, which is with out global No.1 Novak Djokovic, starts its event in opposition to Norway, led by means of global No.8 Casper Ruud, in a while Saturday.

Greece play Poland within the night’s different tie, which can see the event’s first top-10 rubber with global No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas dealing with Ninth-ranked Hubert Hurkacz.

The opposite 8 groups start play Sunday: Russia vs France, Italy vs Australia, Canada vs the USA and Germany vs Britain.

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