CM – Taylor Fritz and John Isner give the Americans victory over Canada at the ATP Cup

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John Isner and Taylor Fritz defeated their Canadian opponents on Sunday and brought the USA 2-0 up in their ATP Cup game.

Published: January 02, 2022 12:06 PM |

Last updated: January 02, 2022 3:00 p.m.

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John Isner from the USA hits a forehand for the Canadian Brayden Schnur match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney. (Photo | AP)

SYDNEY: John Isner and Taylor Fritz defeated their Canadian opponents on Sunday and brought the USA 2-0 up in their ATP Cup game.

Isner defeated Brayden Schnur in 66 minutes with 6: 1 and 6: 4 and gave the Americans the early lead.

Schnur was a late replacement for Denis Shapovalov, who retired on Sunday in the first individual match due to fatigue.

The Canadian is recovering himself from being infected with COVID-19 at a recent tournament in the Middle East.

« I surprised myself how well I played here, » said Isner in his interview on the pitch.

 » You always work hard in the off-season, but you never know exactly what might happen in the first game of the year. « 

Isner broke twice in the first set and used his strong serve to take advantage. The American hit 10 aces and won 46 percent of his return points.

« I actually really like this course. It’s not too fast which I prefer. It gives me a little time to swing on my big shots. That helps me a lot, « said Isner.

In the second game on Sunday, defending champions Russia got off to a strong start when Roman Safiullin defeated Arthur Rinderknech from France 2: 6, 7: 5, 6: 3.

On the opening day on Saturday, Argentina and Spain celebrated 3-0 wins over Georgia and Chile.

Serbia defeated Norway 2-1, despite playing without Novak Djokovic, and Poland took advantage of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ injury-related absence in the singles, to defeat Greece 2-1.

The 16 teams are divided into four groups, with the winners of each group moving into the semi-finals on January 7th and 8th.

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