Team Aus looking to join victors US, Russia at ATP Cup

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The United States bushed Canada and defending champion Russia defeated France astatine the ATP Cup connected Sunday, with the the Americans taking a overmuch easier route.

John Isner and Taylor Fritz bushed their Canadian singles opponents and past clinched the lucifer successful doubles for a 3-0 win.

Isner bushed Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-4 successful 66 minutes to springiness the Americans the aboriginal lead.

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Russia's Daniil Medvedev was defeated by Ugo Humbert of France. (Getty)

Schnur was a precocious replacement for Denis Shapovalov, who withdrew from tonight's opening singles lucifer owed to fatigue. The Canadian is recovering from having contracted COVID-19 astatine a caller tourney successful the Middle East.

Fritz past came from a acceptable down to bushed No. 11-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4 and clinch the lucifer earlier the Americans won the doubles 6-4, 6-4 implicit Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov.

Russia, meanwhile, needed the deciding doubles lucifer to clinch triumph implicit France.

Roman Safiullin bushed Arthur Rinderknech of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 earlier No. 35-ranked Ugo Humbert evened the lucifer for France with an upset 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (2) triumph implicit No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.

But Medvedev and Safiullin came backmost to bushed 2 caller opponents successful the doubles — Fabrice Martin and Edouard Roger-Vasselin — 6-4, 6-4.

In nighttime matches, Britain and Italy took aboriginal leads. Daniel Evans bushed Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-2 portion Italy's Jannik Sinner defeated Australia's Max Purcell 6-1, 6-3 successful opening singles.

Aussie Max Purcell was defeared by Italy's Jannik Sinner. (Getty)

Purcell was a precocious replacement for James Duckworth who withdrew owed to hep soreness.

Alex de Minaur presently leads Matteo Berrettini to support Team Australia's semifinal chances alive.

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