The defending Russian national team beat the Italians 2:1 in the Sydney Men’s Cup on Thursday, the third and final round of the group stage.
|The Russians also defeated the Italians (Photo: AFP)|
The Russian team, led by US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, won the second quartet with 100 percent in a massive battle, shortening the final doubles match, and can prepare for the semi-finals.
In the previously fully open Group C, Britain beat the United States 2:1 amid similar excitement. With this, it was decided that the Germans siding with Alexander Zverev would no longer be able to advance, regardless of the outcome of the duel against Canada, because they would be worse off against the British even if they had succeeded. If the Germans win the final battle of the quartet, the British will be in the top four, but if they are defeated, Canada will be in the semi-finals.
In the team competition, which runs through Sunday, four teams in four groups are battling for first place in the semi-finals.
Group circle, third round
Russia and Italy 2:1
Roman Szafiullin – Jannik Err 6:7 (6-8), 3:6
Daniel Medvedev, Matteo Berrettini 6:2, 6:7 (5-7), 6:4
Medvedev, Sevolin-Peretini, Sinner 5:7, 6:4, 10-5 – Decisive
Australia and France
Great Britain and the United States 2:1
Daniel Evans – John Isner 6:4, 7:6 (7-3)
Cameron Norrie-Taylor Fritz 6:7 (4-7), 6:3, 1:6
Jamie Murray, Evans-Esner, Fritz 6:7 (3-7), 7:5, 10-8 – the last shortcut
Germany and Canada
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