The locals emerged victorious against Great Britain in front of their home crowd. With Australia doubles win, their place in the semifinals is secured.
After six days of intensive competition across host cities of Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney, the inaugural tournament reaches its decisive stages.
Over the next four days, the Final Eight knockout stage is played at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.
The qualified teams will battle for the ultimate goal, to win the first ATP Cup championship.
THE BALL IS ROLLING
The competition kicked off with the local team Australia taking on Great Britain in the day session, while at night, Russia met Argentina.
Australian Nick Kyrgios (24) and Briton Cameron Norrie (24) headed to Ken Rosewall Arena to contest the first quarter final match of the day.
World No. 29 Kyrgios took the lead, winning the first set 6-2 in 29 minutes.
During the second set while at 2-5, a visibly frustrated Norrie smashed for the second time his racquet against the floor.
Briton World No. 52, couldn’t level up the set, Kyrgios defeated Norrie 6-2, 6-2, in one hour and 12 minutes, giving his country a 1-0 lead.
LETS THE GAMES CONTINUE
The No. 1 singles match featured Alex de Minaur (20) of Australia, and Brit Daniel Evans (29).
De Minaur entered the tie with full confidence in his game leading 2-0, but Evans battled hard, and level up the set 3-3 with an impressive performance that led to a thrilling tiebreak in the first set 7(4)-6, closed out in 64 minutes.
The battle continued and after three hours and 24 minutes, Evans defeated Norrie 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(2) in one of the matches of the tournament.
In doubles, Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur returned to the court to play a crucial match against Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury, giving Australia a 2-1 win in the tie.
The victory came after two sets and a super tiebreak 3-6, 6-3, 18-16 to the delight of the spectators.
RUSSIA GUARANTEES ITS TICKET TO THE SEMIFINALS
Russia outlasted Argentina 3-0, the Russians winners of Group D, showed why they are serious candidates to win the championship as they advanced to the Final 4.
After two hours and 22 minutes of intense tennis playing, Medvedev prevailed winning the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Teymuraz Gabashvili and Konstantin Kravchuk clinched the doubles against Gonzalez and Molteni 7-6(5), 6-4, to give Team Russia a perfect 3-0 score.
On Friday Team Serbia plays Canada while at night, Belgium will conclude the quarterfinals stage, as the team takes to the court to face Spain.
ON THE NEW COMPETITION
Sports Pundit spoke to Marcel Felder (35), a professional tennis player from Uruguay, to know his opinion on the new tournament.
Recently the Spanish Tennis Federation made public a letter from its President Miguel Daz Romn in which he points out that both Copa Davis and the ATP Cup have the same format and feature the same players within a month apart.
“I’m positive about group tennis competitions by countries. When you play as a team, the defeat is not only yours, the team loses, so the pressure is greater,” Felder said.
“It is a privilege to represent your country in a competition against other nations as a team, it is something to be proud of,” he concluded.
ACES FOR BUSHFIRE RELIEF
On Wednesday, ATP revealed that over the first six days of competition, 1,100 aces have been hit at the ATP Cup, raising $110,000 for the fundraising initiative to support the Australian Red Cross bushfire disaster relief and recovery efforts.
The initiative consists of each ace served across the tournament delivers $100 to the Australian Red Cross.
Early this week, Sports Pundit spoke to the Australian Red Cross that explained they hope to reach 1500 aces, summing up a total of $150,000 by the end of the tournament.
“This donation could help provide emergency assistance, deliver recovery programs, help people and communities prepare for future disasters, train, equip and coordinate volunteers, and much more. So thank you, we are truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, Noel Clement, Acting CEO Red Cross stated.