Zverev takes Germany’s ATP Cup victory over USA

Image source: ALEXANDER ZVEREV

Germany’s Alexander Zverev plays a forehand in his Group C match against American Taylor Fritz on matchday four of the 2022 ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 4, 2022 in Sydney.

Strong points

  • Zverev defeated Fritz 6-4, 6-4 in the second of the singles matches
  • In another singles match, Germany’s Struff held off 34 aces in a 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-5 win over Isner
  • Earlier, Isner and Fritz combined for a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Krawietz and Puetz in doubles

Alexander Zverev brought the German ATP Cup campaign back to the track as the Olympic gold medalist beat Taylor Fritz in straight sets to seal his team’s victory over the United States.

Jan-Lennard Struff held off 34 aces in a 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-5 win over John Isner to give Germany the lead and Zverev sealed it, on his fifth ball match, with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the second of the singles matches.

Isner and Fritz combined for a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz in doubles. Both teams are now 1-1 in Group C. The United States started with a 3-0 victory over Canada and Germany had just lost 2-1 to Great Britain.

“A great effort from Jan to beat John in these conditions… we needed this win, we had to get on the board,” said Zverev, No. 3 in the table. “It’s the second game of the season. I’m still doing it. I’m still trying to adapt, but I’m happy with the way things are going.

Italy rebounded from their loss to Australia to beat France in Group B.

Finalist last year against Russia, Italy took the lead when Jannik Sinner beat Arthur Rinderknech 6-3, 7-6 (3) and secured their victory over France when Matteo Berrettini beat Ugo Humbert 6- 4, 7-6 (6).

Sinner and Berrettini completed the sweep with a three-set doubles victory. For Berrettini, it was a victory that boosted confidence following a loss to Australian Alex de Minaur. Humbert was emerging from an upheaval against US Open champion Daniil Medvedev.

“I had to play my best tennis in the important moments to win the game and I’m really happy with my performance,” Berrettini said in a television interview on the court.

Canada faced Great Britain later Tuesday in Group C and Russia faced Australia in Group B. The four group winners of the 16-team tournament advance to the semi-finals on Friday and Saturday, with the final being scheduled for Sunday.

(Reported by AP)

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