The Nations Cup kicked off six days in the past in three cities throughout Australia, with 18 nations competing in six teams. Now, the quantity is down to only six. Wednesday’s Metropolis Finals in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane will characteristic 5 matches (ladies’s and males’s singles matches and a combined doubles match) in two periods.
4 of the highest 5 seeded groups made the minimize and had been joined by Nice Britain and Croatia. Workforce matches are:
- United States versus Nice Britain in Sydney
- Italy vs Poland match in Brisbane
- Greece vs Croatia in Perth
The three successful nations and the shedding workforce with the perfect report will advance to the semifinals on Friday in Sydney.
Under is a breakdown of every:
Sydney, Ken Rosewall Area
United States (2-0) vs. Nice Britain (2-0)
5 particular person gamers for these two groups make good data 2-0 within the new season finale in Sydney Metropolis.
Madison Keys, Taylor Fritz, and Frances Tiafoe went 6-0 to assist the US defeat the Czech Republic and Germany, whereas Cameron Norrie and Katie Swan mixed for 4 wins, and performed thrilling tennis on serve for Australia and Spain.
“It is nice to start out the yr with some wins for positive,” mentioned Fritz. “I feel simply the boldness facet of tennis is essential. Particularly going into the Australian Open, the low season.”
Fritz, ranked No. 9 within the Pepperstone ATP rankings, meets Nouri, who is simply 5 factors behind. Fritz received their ultimate match final September on the Laver Cup in a tiebreaker, 10-8.
In the meantime, Nuri achieved the perfect win of his profession by defeating Rafael Nadal in three units.
“Sure,” Nouri mentioned, “particularly about rating and hitting a man like Rafa because the challenger he’s.” I do know it’s his first match of the yr, however it was a sick win. It has utterly minimize me out the final 5 or 4 occasions I’ve performed it. It is good to have it again now.”
US singles gamers maintain a collegiate head-to-head report of 11-7 towards their British opponents. On paper, nevertheless, the People have an enormous benefit on the ladies’s aspect, with Jessica Pegula at No. 3 and Keys at No. 11 — in comparison with No. 98 and 145 for Harriet Dart and Katie Swan.
Madison Keys (USA) vs. Katy Swan (GBR), 12:30pm
Face to Face: Keys, 1-0
Taylor Fritz (USA) vs. Cameron Norrie (GBR), to observe
Face to Face: Fritz, 6-5
Jessica Pegula (USA) – Harriet Dart (GBR), 5:30 p.m
Head to Head: Pegula, 1-0
Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Daniel Evans (GBR), to observe
Face to face: Tiafoe, 3-2
Jessica Pegula and Taylor Fritz (USA) vs. Harriet Dart and Johnny O’Mara (GBR), to observe
Brisbane, Pat Rafter Area
Italy (2-0) – Poland (2-0).
Not lengthy after Hubert Hurkacz and Magda Linette scored particular person wins towards Stan Wawrinka and Jill Teichmann of Switzerland to ship Poland into the Metropolis ultimate, Poland captain Agnieszka Radwanska was already wanting ahead.
She advised reporters, “I am actually wanting ahead to Interest’s match towards Brittini. I feel that is going to be the perfect of tomorrow’s matches I feel. We’ll see after all of the matches, however I feel that is the match I am actually ready for and we’ll see.”
Earlier, Matteo Berrettini beat No. 3 Casper Ruud 6-4 6-4 en path to a 5-0 victory over Norway. On Wednesday, Hurkacz meets in a rematch within the 2021 Wimbledon semi-finals, which the Italian received in 4 units.
There may be one other Grand Slam rematch on the ladies’s aspect as nicely. World No. 1 Iga Swiatek faces Martina Trevisan. The 2020 quarter-finals at Roland Garros was an enormous second on the best way to successful Swiatek’s first main singles title.
“I feel on this format you’ll be able to anticipate just about all the things,” mentioned Radwanska. “This can be a sport, so something can occur, particularly when you may have 4 singles matches after which combined doubles. So it is at all times thrilling till the top.”
Lorenzo Musetti (Italy) vs Daniel Michalski (Poland), 12:30pm
Nose to nose: 0-0.
Martina Trevisan (ITA) towards Ega Swiatk (Poland), to observe
Head to Head: Swiatek, 1-0
Matteo Berrettini (Italy) – Hubert Hurkacz (Poland), 5:30 p.m
Nose to nose: 1-1
Lucia Bronzetti (Italy) vs. Magda Linette (Poland), to observe
Nose to nose: 0-0
Camila Rosatello and Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) towards Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz (Poland), to observe
Perth, RAC Area
Greece (2-0) – Croatia (2-0).
Thanks to 2 victories from Maria Sakkari – in singles and combined doubles with Stefanos Tsitsipas – Greece had been the primary workforce to achieve this Metropolis ultimate.
However Croatia acquired right into a nasty spat with France on Tuesday evening. Down 2-0, Caroline Garcia narrowed the deficit and Adrian Mannarino virtually compelled a combined doubles decider. Whereas serving for the match within the third set towards Borna Jojo, Mannarino wobbled and out of the blue discovered himself in a tiebreaker. Gojo ultimately transformed his sixth match level and Croatia certified.
Tsitsipas He’ll face Borna Couric who he beat thrice in a row, together with twice final yr, in Cincinnati and Vienna.
Sakkari and Petra Martić have met solely as soon as, eight years in the past in a US Open qualifier, when Sakkari certified for the primary predominant draw of her profession.
Despina Papamichael (Greece) vs Dona Vekic (Czech Republic), 12:30pm
Nose to nose: 0-0
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) vs. Borna Korek (CRO), to observe
Head to Head: Coric, 3-1
Maria Sakkari (Greece) vs Petra Martic (Czech Republic), 5:30 p.m
Head to Head: Scarry, 1-0
Michel Pervolarakis (Greece) vs. Borna Gogo (CRO), to observe
Nose to nose: 0-0
Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) towards Dona Vekic and Borna Coric (CRO), to observe