World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Serbian teammate Filip Krajinovic got here again to beat Canadians Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov in a deciding doubles match on the ATP Cup on Tuesday.
The Serbian duo topped Raonic and Shapovalov 7-5, 7-6(4) to win the tie 2-1, with the doubles match going one hour 37 minutes in Melbourne.
Raonic took the opening match of the Australian Open tune-up event towards Dusan Lajovic to present Canada a 1-0 lead. The 30-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., fired 11 aces to beat his opponent 6-3, 6-4 in a single hour 19 minutes.
Djokovic beats Shapovalov
However the veteran Djokovic evened it up for the defending champions when he downed Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5, needing one hour 53 minutes to beat the 21-year-old Canadian.
Djokovic improved to 6-0 all-time towards the Richmond Hill, Ont., native, together with a victory final yr within the quarterfinals of the ATP Cup.
The inaugural occasion was performed final yr in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. However due to restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 version is being performed totally at Melbourne Park, web site of the Australian Open, which begins Feb. 8.
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The 12 groups have been divided into 4 swimming pools for group stage, round-robin play. The 4 group winners will advance to the semifinals.
Canada faces Germany Tuesday to conclude group play, and wishes a victory to have any likelihood of advancing.
A rustic’s place inside its group is decided by ties received, then matches received, after which units and video games received percentages except two or extra groups are tied, during which case a head-to-head win takes priority over matches received.
Group B consists of Spain, Greece and Australia. France, Austria and Italy make up Group C. And Group D consists of Russia, Argentina, Japan.