Spain and Poland remained perfect at the ATP Cup, securing a 2-0 lead in their matches on Monday for their second straight victories in the team event.
Robert Bautista Agut won the match for Spain beating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 7-6(4) after Pablo Carreno Busta beat Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 6-3.
Bautista Agut improved to 9-2 in singles play in the team event.
“Casper is playing amazing tennis, (he did) an amazing performance last year, and today I played really well,” Bautista Agut said in his on-court interview. “I came back very well, made very few unforced errors and played aggressively.” with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Aleksandre Metreveli.
“He (Metreveli) played well in the first set and things weren’t going my way. But I got better with every set and I’m happy to get the win,” Hurkacz said. Poland can book a place in the semi-finals if they beat Argentina on Wednesday in their next group game.
Majchrzak only needed 53 minutes to beat Bakshi.
“I was trying to move (Bakshi) and I think that was the key to the game,” said Majchrzak, who is coached by former world number seven Joakim Nystrom.
“He brings me a lot of confidence and a lot of calm in my tennis, so I can feel that I’m improving,” Majchrzak said of Nystrom on the ATP Tour website. “We are working on (developing a game on all courts) but in a way that does not interrupt my basic game. We will move from training to games, but that takes time.” Greece take on Argentina and Serbia take on Chile in night matches on Monday.
The four group winners of the 16-team tournament advance to the semi-finals on Friday and Saturday, with the winners meeting in the final on Sunday.
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