ATP Cup 2021: Defending champions Serbia, led by Novak Djokovic, drawn in powerful pool

ATP Cup 2021: Defending champions Serbia, led by Novak Djokovic, drawn in powerful pool

Serbians confronted a tough attract Group A in opposition to the Alexander Zverev-inspired Germany and a Canada group that includes Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic.

ATP Cup 2021: Defending champions Serbia, led by Novak Djokovic, drawn in tough pool

Serbia gained the inaugural ATP Cup in 2020 beating Spain within the ultimate. AFP

Defending champions Serbia have been handed a “brutal” draw within the ATP Cup Friday, with Novak Djokovic’s group dealing with Germany and Canada within the group stage.

The match – launched final 12 months as a rival to the Davis Cup – has been slimmed all the way down to 12 groups this 12 months and will likely be performed in Melbourne as a curtain-raiser to the Australian Open, quite than the multi-city format employed in 2020.

It was delayed to 1-5 February due to COVID-19 restrictions within the host metropolis and the prize cash on supply has additionally been halved to US$7.5 million, reflecting a leaner, pandemic-affected finances.

Commentator Mark Petchey stated the Serbians confronted a tough attract Group A in opposition to the Alexander Zverev-inspired Germany and a Canada group that includes Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic.

“That first group that is come out is fairly, fairly brutal actually with Serbia, Germany and Canada,” Petchey stated.

“Clearly there’s plenty of expertise within the Canadian group, notably with somebody like Raonic on these (arduous) courts.”

In Group B, Spanish nice Rafael Nadal will line up for his homeland in opposition to Greece and Australia, who acquired a wild-card entry as match hosts.

US Open champion Dominic Thiem’s Austria are pitted in opposition to Italy and France in Group C, whereas Russia, Argentina and Japan compete in Group D.

World primary Djokovic efficiently used the occasion as an Australian Open warm-up final 12 months, main Serbia to victory over Spain within the ultimate earlier than claiming his eighth main at Melbourne Park and seventeenth total.

Group A: Serbia, Germany, Canada

Group B: Spain, Greece, Australia

Group C: Austria, Italy, France

Group D: Russia, Argentina, Japan

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