ATP Cup 2021: Djokovic’s Serbia drawn in a tough group, Nadal’s Spain to face Greece and Australia in the Group stage

Novak Djokovic led Serbia are the defending champions of the ATP Cup, whereas Nadal's Spain finished as runner-ups last year.

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Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic

ATP Cup 2021 is set to commence from February 1, just a week prior to the Australian Open which is scheduled to begin from February 8. The team event will see several top players competing against each other. The players will come out of their 14-day mandatory quarantine in Australia and will get their 2021 season underway in the second edition of the ATP Cup.

Serbia, defending champions of the ATP Cup have been drawn into a tough group. Led by Novak Djokovic, Serbia have been drawn with Germany and Canada in Group A. This means that Djokovic will have to face the likes of Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov in the early rounds. Spain, runner-ups in the previous edition have been drawn alongside Greece and Australia in Group B. Rafael Nadal will spearhead Spain’s charge at the ATP Cup. Nadal will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the group stage encounter at the Melbourne Park.

Russia to face Argentina, Thiem’s Austria to face France and Italy

Russia, led by Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev have been drawn in a group alongside Argentina and Japan in Group D. Team Argentina will be led by Diego Schwartzman who had a breakthrough season in 2020. Japan’s charge at the ATP Cup will be spearheaded by experienced campaigner, Kei Nishikori. Russia are the favorites to top the group as they have the likes of Medvedev and Rublev who are ranked inside the top 10 in men’s rankings.

Dominic Thiem’s Austria have been drawn in a tricky group alongside France and Italy in Group C. France possess a strong squad with Gael Monfils, Nicolas Mahut and Benoit Paire in their lineup. Team Italy will be led by Matteo Berrettini who has the likes of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli as his teammates.

Also Read: ATP Cup 2021: Confirmed squads of 12 participating nations

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