ATP Cup: Serbia eliminates Canada and advances to semifinals in Australia
Novak Djokovic defeated Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 6-1 and 7-6 (4) at the ATP Cup on Friday, allowing the Serbs to advance to the semi-finals at the expense of Canada.
The second men’s tennis racket, Djokovic is now 5-0 against the 20-year-old Ontarian.
“It was very close; it could have gone either way. He [Shapovalov] played amazingly, said the Djoker . It really seemed like I was playing a game at home.
“When most people in the stands encourage you on each point, then your feelings become very different on the pitch. You can draw energy that you would not otherwise have. You find motivation, noted Djokovic. This is the reason why I try to take advantage of these moments, and to keep them in my memory wherever I go. ”
The Serb needed two hours and 41 minutes, overcoming the Canadian’s fifteen aces. Djokovic has a slight advantage for breakage, 3-2.
“This is another step for me, which shows that I have my place with guys like him,” said Shapovalov. Honestly, I went just a few points to win this game. So yeah, I think I’m in very good shape. I hope I won’t stop there. I hope I can continue [in this direction]. ”
Earlier today, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime lost 6-4 and 6-2 to Dusan Lajovic.
Lajovic had the upper hand 3-0 for breakage. Auger-Aliassime dominated 10-3 for aces, but also committed five double faults.
These two singles losses confirmed Canada’s elimination, but the two countries still played their doubles match. Serbs Nikola Cacic and Viktor Troicki completed the duel sweep by measuring Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ontario and Adil Shamasdin of Pickering, Ontario, 6-3, 6-2.
Auger-Aliassime will participate in the Adelaide invitation tournament next week, while Shapovalov will compete in the ASB Classic in New Zealand.
These are two preparatory tournaments for the Australian Open, which will begin on January 20.
As for the Serbs, they will play against Russia in the semi-finals on Saturday.
The Russians entered this stage of the competition after beating Argentina 3-0 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
And it was Daniil Medvedev who allowed Russia to take the next step.
Medvedev lost a point for two racket shots to the referee’s chair in the second set, but ultimately defeated Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.
Medvedev, the fifth-largest player in the world, justified his outburst by the jet lag caused by his trip from Russia to Perth, then to Sydney – which included a stopover in Melbourne – between the preliminary phase and the quarterfinals.
He admitted that he should be fined for breaking certain rules, but was still happy to have won “a super tough match” 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Karen Khachanov gave the lead to the Russians by disposing of Guido Pella 6-2, 7-6 (4).
The Russians then spent the afternoon in front of the television, watching Australia’s 2-1 victory over Great Britain in the quarterfinals.
Alex de Minaur and Nick Kyrgios joined forces to defeat Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury 3-6, 6-3, 18-16 with their fifth game point.
Kyrgios led Australia to take the lead from Cam Norrie 6-2, 6-2, but de Minaur lost 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2) to Dan Evans, causing an ultimate double match to take place.
The semi-finals will take place on Saturday, and will be followed by the final on Sunday.