The ATP Cup draw in its second edition

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The ATP Tennis Cup for the defending champions, led by world number one Novak Djokovic, has been drawn against Germany and Canada in the group stage in Melbourne.

Australia hosted the first edition of the tournament in the past world in several cities, but due to the Corona virus pandemic, Melbourne will only host the tournament from 1 to 5 February. The tournament will be the first official for players after spending a mandatory 14-day quarantine period before the start of the Australian Open on February 5. February 8.

Djokovic led Serbia to the first edition by defeating Spain led by Rafael Nadal, but he faces strong competition after a difficult draw for the first set.

Germany will play Alexander Zverev, while Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic will be with the Canadian team. The first place in the four groups will qualify for the semifinals.

Spain plays Greece and Australia in Group Two, an easy draw for Nadal and his teammates in the absence of Greece, Stephanos Tsitsipas and Australian Nick Kyrios. Kyrios paid the price for his one-year absence due to his fears of Covid-19 infection, to drop to the global rankings 46 and leave the leadership of the Australian team in favor of Alex de Mino. Kyrios slipped another place in the ranking, to 47th.

Austria, led by Dominic Thiem, is the closest to the top of Group C in the presence of Italy and France, while Russia plays Argentina and Japan in Group D.

The Russian team will be the only one to include two of the world’s top ten ranked players, Daniel Medvedev and Andrei Rublev, while world number ninth Diego Schwartzman leads the Argentine team and Kei Nishikori, ranked 41 in the world, the Japanese team.

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