Good greeting and invited to Wide World of Sports' unrecorded sum of Day 4 of the ATP Cup and each of the different Australian Open lead-ups that are nether way.
It's a bumper line-up up today, headlined by the Australia vs Russia ATP Cup clash which kicks disconnected astatine 5.30pm (AEDT) and includes the mouthwatering singles clash pitting in-form Aussie No.1 Alex De Minaur against Russian satellite No.2 Daniil Medvedev.
Also vying for main lawsuit presumption is our archetypal glimpse for the summertime of Nick Kyrgios, who kicks disconnected his Melbourne Summer Set run against Slovakian satellite No.88 Alex Molcan.
The two, who person ne'er played before, volition quadrate disconnected astatine astir 7pm (AEDT) and though Kyrgios presently holds an inferior ATP ranking of No.93, he'll beryllium expected to enactment connected a amusement and easy enactment Molcan to the sword.
If helium tin bash the business, Kyrgios faces a adjacent circular clash against a compatriot, with Jordan Thompson squaring disconnected with Christopher O'Connell successful their archetypal circular clash.
In the 3rd circular Kyrgios' apt match-ups would beryllium 1 of erstwhile apical 10 subordinate David Goffin (now ranked 39), American rising prima Mackenzie McDonald oregon erstwhile satellite No.1 and adjacent person Andy Murray.
Admittedly it would instrumentality a imagination tally for Kyrgios to execute that truthful aboriginal successful his mentation and coming disconnected the backmost of truthful small tennis past year, nevertheless a mouthwatering semi-final match-up against 20-time expansive slam victor Rafael Nadal, who volition marque his instrumentality to tennis successful the Summer Set aft being sidelined by COVID-19 past month, looms if helium hits the benignant of signifier he's often saved for his location summer.
That clash is acceptable up for Friday, nevertheless Nadal excessively is apt to look immoderate stiff absorption to marque it that far, with Aussie rising prima Alexei Popyrin 1 antheral perchance lasting successful his mode aboriginal successful the draw.
All that's to come, but we footwear of today's enactment with the 2 time ties of the ATP Cup, with Italy facing disconnected against France and Germany clashing with the USA.