SYDNEY: The Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut defeated eighth world rankings eight Casper Ruud 6: 4 7: 6 (4) in Group A on Monday and eliminated Norway from the ATP Cup in Sydney.
The victory from Bautista Agut succeeded after Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Viktor Durasovic 6-3 6-3 to give Spain a 1-0 lead. The Spaniards, who won their opening game against Chile, will face Serbia in their final group game on Wednesday.
« I’m really happy. Casper plays incredible tennis. He showed incredible performances last year, » said Bautista Agut, the number one 19 in the world rankings.
« Today I played really well, I made very few mistakes and played aggressively … I feel happy, I like to play in Australia. »
Kamil Majchrzak brought Poland with one 6: 1 6: 1 win over Georgian Alexsandre Bakshi in just under an hour in Group D, before Hubert Hurkacz scored a 6: 7 (5) 6: 3 6: 1 win over Aleksandre Metreveli.
» He played well in the first set and it didn’t go as I did, « said Hurkacz. « But I got better with every set and I’m happy about the win.
» The conditions were different from the first game … The ball jumped a little higher and faster, so I had to adapt. But it helped, that the Polish spectators supported us here. They were great. «
Poland, who defeated Greece in the group opener on Saturday, can move into the semi-finals against Argentina on Wednesday.
World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won his ATP Missed the Cup opener against Hurkacz due to an elbow injury, will play his first single game of the year against the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in Group D later on Monday.
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