SYDNEY (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios' late retreat due to a back problem did not prevent Australia from defeating Canada in the ATP Cup on Sunday as the hosts solidified their entry into the quarter-finals with their second 3-0 European Cup win – event.
The Australian Nick Kyrgios played in his group F single against the German Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS / Tracey Nearmy
The hosts had disappointed Germany in the opening game and qualified for the round of 16 in Sydney as Group F winners if Germany won against Greece on Sunday evening.
Grigor Dimitrov also led Bulgaria to her second victory in the $ 15 million ATP Cup, which saw 24 nations compete against each other in ten days in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. Most top players use it as a platform to prepare for the Australian Open.
The first Grand Slam of the year begins on January 20 in Melbourne, and the only one missing from the ATP Cup among the world's top seven players is Swiss Roger Federer, who has retired to spend more time with his family ,
The mercurial Kyrgios had to leave the opening single in Brisbane due to a bad back and paved the way for home favorite John Millman to defeat the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6: 4: 6: 2 in the Pat Rafter Arena.
“Surely as a precaution today. He was a bit stiff yesterday afternoon, but also this morning, ”said Australian team captain Lleyton Hewitt in a court interview about Kyrgios.
Alex de Minaur prevailed after a set and a defeat against his compatriot Denis Shapovalov and triumphed in the struggle of the stars of the next generation to seal the draw against Australia.
De Minaur showed the same determination and attitude with which he beat the world's number 7, Alexander Zverev, on Friday at the start in Australia.
De Minaur won six games in the second set 4-2 in a row, led 2-0 in the decisive set and finally won 6: 7 (6) 6: 4 (6: 2) against the Canadian who had helped his team to reach the goal of the Davis Cup final in Spain in November.
"I managed to turn things around, develop a positive attitude again and regain my energy," said De Minaur.
Dimitrov defeated Moldovan Radu Albot 6-2 and 6-3 in Sydney to seal the draw in favor of Bulgaria, which defeated Britain in a thriller on Friday.
Italy needed the full experience of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in Perth to win for the first time in a double against Norway.
The pair prevailed against Casper Ruud and Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 7-6 (3) and secured a 2-1 victory over Italy, which had lost 0-3 against Russia in the opening game.
Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Edited by Gerry Doyle