CM – ATP Cup 2022: Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini win to keep hopes alive

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The German number three in the world, Zverev, came through a professional 6-4, 6-4 duel against the American Taylor Fritz, his second win in a row in the new season.

The German Alexander Zverev waves to the crowd after defeating the American Taylor Fritz in his match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia. AP

The top 10 stars Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini both achieved solid victories on Tuesday as they intensified their preparations for the Australian Open by keeping Germany and Italy on course at the ATP Cup.

The German Number three in the world, Zverev, came through a professional 6-4, 6-4 duel against the American Taylor Fritz, his second win in a row in the new season.

The seventh-placed Italian Berrettini has since recovered from a shock defeat against the Australian Alex Di Minaur on Sunday and fought against the French Ugo Humbert 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), who annoyed US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev at the weekend.

« In general it was a good one Level for the second game of the year, a high intensity and a hard blow, « said Zverev. « The most important thing is that Team Germany won. »

Previously, Jan-Lennard Struff Germany had a brave 7-6 (8/7), 4-6, 7-5 win against John Isner, the 34th Aces shattered, took 1-0 lead.

« It’s always tough against John, » said Struff. « I had played against him four times before and lost four times. So I’m very happy to get the win for my team today. »

The win kept the German ATP Cup hopes alive after they won the Had lost against Great Britain at the start, with only the top nation from each of the four groups moving into the knockout round.

Last year’s runner-up Italy suffered a disappointing defeat against Australia on Sunday, mainly due to Berrettini in a straight Sets against Di Minaur lost.

« A really tough game, especially under these conditions. He’s a great server, a tricky player, a left-hander, » said the Italian, who dominated with his serve and sent 18 aces.

« It’s a great weapon that I have and when it works like this it helps me a lot. »

Number 10 in the world, Jannik Sinner, started Italy on the path by defeating the French Arthur Rinderknech defeated 6: 3, 7: 6 (7/3) in the first individual and recovered after a mishap in the second set.

« It’s never easy to play against him, it was already the third time. In the first sentence I was in control. I lost a bit of intensity in the second set, « said Sinner.

Rinderknech defeated Sinner on clay in Lyon last year and seemed prepared to push for another surprise, but a mistake allowed the Italian to come back up to come and he made no mistake from then on.

Russia and Australia, both of which won their opening games, face Medvedev against Di Minaur in the evening session.

The Canadians fell in the opening game against the USA, while the British angered Germany under Cameron Norrie Zverev.

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