ATP Cup 2021: Defending victors Serbia, driven by Novak Djokovic, attracted intense pool

Protecting heroes Serbia were given a “ruthless” attract the ATP Cup Friday, with Novak Djokovic’s group confronting Germany and Canada in the gathering stage.

The competition – dispatched a year ago as an adversary to the Davis Cup – has been thinned down to 12 groups this year and will be played in Melbourne as a shade raiser to the Australian Open, as opposed to the multi-city design utilized in 2020.

It was postponed to 1-5 February due to COVID-19 limitations in the host city and the prize cash on offer has likewise been divided to US$7.5 million, mirroring a more slender, pandemic-influenced spending plan.

Reporter Mark Petchey said the Serbians confronted an interesting attract Group An against the Alexander Zverev-propelled Germany and a Canada group highlighting Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic.

“That first gathering that is come out is pretty, pretty fierce truly with Serbia, Germany, and Canada,” Petchey said.

“Clearly there’s a great deal of ability in the Canadian group, especially with somebody like Raonic on these (hard) courts.”

In Group B, Spanish extraordinary Rafael Nadal will arrange for his country against Greece and Australia, who got a special case passage as competition has.

US Open boss Dominic Thiem’s Austria is set in opposition to Italy and France in Group C, while Russia, Argentina, and Japan contend in Group D.

World number one Djokovic effectively utilized the occasion as an Australian Open warm-up a year ago, driving Serbia to triumph over Spain in the last prior to asserting his eighth major at Melbourne Park and seventeenth by and large.