10 Jan 2022 | 04:57 | Tennis
In the second singles match, the young tennis player born in 2000 Felix Auger Aliassime represented Canada to compete against a 12-year-old rival, Roberto Bautista Agut. Seasoned experience helped Roberto Bautista Agut break early in game 2, but Aliassime’s youth helped the Canadian player quickly reclaim the break in the next game.
The match then took place and the two players were forced to enter the tie-break series. In the tie-break series, Felix Auger Aliassime proved more excellent to get a 7-3 victory. Entering the second set, Aliassime continued to play more impressively while Bautista Agut weakened at an important moment. A quick 6-3 victory helped Aliassime close the match with a score of 2-0.
With the victory in the second singles match, Canada was officially crowned champion in this year’s ATP Cup, while Spain had to pity second place when it did not have the best force.
Spain had to receive defeat in the first singles match against Canada in this year’s ATP Cup final. Pablo Carreno Busta represented Spain in the first match when he faced Denis Shapovalov.
Despite being underestimated when he was 6 places behind his opponent on the ATP rankings , Pablo Carreno Busta made an impressive start to continuously chase Shapovalov in every game in the first set. The Spaniard’s determination helped him balance. equal to 4-4, before being overtaken by the opponent 5-4 in game 9.
The turning point came right in the decisive 10th game when Pablo Carreno Busta suddenly lost the break and let Shapovalov win the first set with a score of 6-4. Excited after the victory in the first set, the Canadian player quickly broke the 4th game in the 2nd set, then made no mistake to close the set with a score of 6-3.
Beating Pablo Carreno Busta in two sets, Shapovalov gave Canada a big advantage, before teammate Felix Auger Aliassime entered his second singles match against veteran Roberto Bautista Agut.
Spain and Canada decide to fight in the ATP Cup
The final match of the ATP Cup 2022 is the confrontation of Spain and Canada. If the “country of bulls” participating in the final match was foretold, the fact that Canada reached the final of the ATP Cup was a big surprise.
With the core of two young players Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, the Canadian team has created one surprise after another. They started the tournament with a 0-3 loss to the USA, then revived their hopes with a 2-1 victory over Great Britain.
In the last match, Canada had a life-and-death confrontation with Germany and Aliassme and Shapovalov successfully completed the task when they overcame Struff and Alexander Zverev to be in the semi-finals. The opponent in the round of four of Canada’s strongest teams is also not pleasant, Daniil Medvedev’s Russia team.
Shapovalov did a good job in his first singles match when he defeated Safiullin with a score of 2-1. However, Medvedev showed the bravery of the world No. 2 player with a 2-0 victory over Auger Aliassime. All four players appeared in the final doubles match and the Canadian pair did better. The score was 2-1 and the sets were very tight.
Canada’s opponent in the final is Spain. With Novak Djokovic not playing for Serbia, Nadal’s absence was fully filled by Pablo Carreno Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut. “The land of bulls” has an easy 3-0 victory in the group stage to advance to the semi-finals and face Poland.
Carreno Busta won 2-0 in the first singles match while Bautista Agut also excelled in overcoming the extremely high-performance player Hubert Hurkacz in the second singles match. The double battle was only of procedural significance.
The two pairs of singles in the final were judged to be equally talented. Carreno Busta confronts Shapovalov (13:30, January 9) and Bautista Agut confronts Aliassime (about 3:30 pm, January 9). If the two singles matches are tied 1-1, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov will have a hard time when they have to continue to play doubles with the pair of athletes resting from the beginning, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina – Pedro Martínez.
Nadal waits for the first trophy of the year
Rafael Nadal will have the final of the Melbourne tournament against Maxime Cressy and this match will take place at 3pm on January 9 (Vietnam time). This will be Nadal’s chance to win his first title in 2022.
Nadal played not too overwhelmingly but no opponent won even 1 set before him. Nadal’s second-round victory over Ricardas Berankis is considered the most difficult but also only takes place in 2 sets, and “Gaurs” will certainly want to avoid 3-set matches that take place on non-clay courts. In the last 5 matches on hard courts before attending the tournament, Nadal has lost at least 1 set each and lost 4.
His opponent is having a “dream” journey when he has won 6 matches in a row, most recently defeating Grigor Dimitrov and next week will definitely reach the top 100 ATP. However, in the match against the Bulgarian opponent, Cressy had moments of obvious nervousness and missed opportunities to finish the match earlier.
Nadal has always had a hard time playing in Australia, he only won the Australian Open once in 2009 and has always had bad results every time he comes here. Cressy can still cause a surprise even though Nadal is not showing any signs of slipping.