SYDNEY (AP) – John Isner and Taylor Fritz defeated their Canadian rivals Sunday to give the United States a 2-0 lead on the second day of the 16-team ATP Cup.
In another series on Sunday, defending champions Russia got off to a good start when they defeated Roman Safiul’s Frenchman Arthur Rinderknek 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a set.
Isner led the United States to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Braden Schnauz in the 66th minute. Shnoor banged in the last minute to replace Denis Shapovalov, who was ruled out of the series’ first singles match due to fatigue. The Canadian is recovering after contracting Covit-19 disease in a recent match in the Middle East.
Fritz then rallied to win the set 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4, beating Felix Agar-Aliasimi to win the series before the doubles.
Italy face Australia and Germany face Great Britain in a clash at night.
When Greece lost to Poland on the first day of the tournament on Saturday, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was recovering from an elbow injury in the singles, missed out heavily. On the same opening day, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and Spain’s Roberto Batista Aguirre led their respective teams to comfortable victories.
Chitsibas, ranked fourth in the world, was knocked out shortly before the clash by world ninth seed Hubert Harkoks, and was replaced by Aristotelis Thanos 6-1, 6-2 to give Poland an unbeaten 2-0 lead. A few hours ago Kamil Majjrsak defeated Michael Pervolarakis 6-1, 6-4 in the set.
From the Tsitsipas team bench, he noticed with an ice on his right elbow, that Harrocks had beaten Thanos, who is ranked 1,076th.
Greece were comforted when they defeated Simon Valko and John Zielinsky 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 in the doubles division, alongside Tsitsipas Pervolarakis.
Chitsibas underwent surgery in November, and there are concerns he could face a setback ahead of the Australian Open this month.
“I’m recovering from my elbow surgery. Today is a precautionary measure to make sure I go to Melbourne,” Chitsibas admitted. “We’ll see each other day by day, and we’ll meet until then.”
For its part, Argentina beat Georgia 3-0, while Spain, without Rafael Nadal, easily beat Chile by the same margin at various venues in Sydney.
Schwartzman, ranked 13th in the world, defeated Nicolas Basilashvili 6-1, 6-2 in the same set, beating teammate Federico Delphonis Alexandre Matreveli 2-0 in the singles.
In the doubles match, Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Moldeni defeated Argentina 3-0, 6-1, 6-2, beating Georgia’s Sabah Bertzelatse and Jura Diekemalatse.
Spain’s Pablo Carreo Busta defeated Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in both sets to make it 1-0.
Roberto Batista Aguirre beat Chile’s Christian Karin 6-0, 6-3 to clinch the title for Spain.
The pair of Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Pedro Martínez secured Spain’s victory by beating Tomás Barrios Vera and Tabilo 7-6 (3), 4-6, 10-7 in the set.
Serbia, without world number one Novak Djokovic, started the match with a 2-1 win over Norway. Philip Krajinovic doubles – Caspar Root and Viktor Durosovic beat Nikola Kasik 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a decisive doubles match after the Serbian and Norwegian singles victories.