The ATP Cup 2021 has announced its draw for the 12 nations participating in the tournament. This year, they are divided into four groups consisting of three teams each. The beautiful Melbourne Park is the sole venue that will be hosting the second edition of the tournament.
Serbia, Germany, and Canada fill the spots in Group A. Spain, Greece, and Australia are in Group B. Austria, Italy, France completes Group C, and Russia, Argentina, and Japan take Group D.
Since Serbia and Germany are in the same group, the clash between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev will be entertaining. The Serbian and the German players will also face Denis Shapovalov in the ground stage.
Rafael Nadal v Stefanos Tsitsipas shows great promise, as both players are always hungry to win. They both will play the young Australian Alex de Minaur to pass through the group stage. In Group C, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, and Gael Monfils will light the fire.
The most interesting matches will come from Group D. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Argentine Diego Schwartzman will battle for their place in the semi-finals. Not to mention, Japan’s Kei Nishikori also makes his return with a place in Group D.
The tournament will follow the round-robin format, and the best team from each group will qualify for the semi-finals. Following that, the last four teams will play the knock stage for a place in the finals. All matches will follow the best-of-three sets format.
Countries qualify based on their best player’s ranking. Japanese star Kei Nishikori, ranked at 41, used his protected ranking to participate in the competition. Additionally, the host-country has received a wild-card; World No. 23 Alex De Minaur will lead Team Australia.
The ATP Cup 2021 will start on February 1 with finals on February 5. Fans can catch the action on-site as well as on TV.