MELBOURNE: Best-ranked Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will start their 2021 seasons on February 2 when they guide Serbia and Spain respectively in the group-dependent ATP Cup forward of the Australian Open.
The major two men’s gamers will be joined by entire world variety a few Dominic Thiem and Russian No. 4 Daniil Medvedev on the opening day of the tournament at Melbourne Park, which will also host the year’s initial Grand Slam from February 8-21.
Reigning champions Serbia, led by Australian Open up holder Djokovic, will commence their title defence in opposition to Canada on Rod Laver Arena and will also perform Germany in the group phases.
Austrian Thiem, who shed to Djokovic in final year’s last in Melbourne, will participate in the early session on the John Cain Arena from Italy.
Globe variety two Nadal, part of the workforce that finished runners-up to Serbia, and ATP Finals winner Medvedev will highlight the night classes when they participate in versus opponents from hosts Australia and Argentina.
The ATP Cup debuted final calendar year with 24 teams and was held throughout 3 cities in Australia but there will be fifty percent the variety of teams in this year’s edition because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The start out of this year’s match has been pushed again by a working day to permit much more time to prepare for 72 players confined to their lodge rooms just after some travellers on the three constitution flights that brought them to Australia analyzed optimistic.
Russia are the only staff with two leading 10 players in their facet in Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, even though Argentina and Japan are led by No.9 Diego Schwartzman and Kei Nishikori, ranked 41st.
The winners from just about every group will advance to the semi-finals.