Spain and Poland advance to ATP Cup semi-finals | Tennis News

Roberto Bautista Agut passed Serbian Dusan Lajovic to lead Spain to the ATP Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, where they face Poland after world number nine Hubert Hurkacz overtook fit Argentinian Diego Schwartzman. Defending champions Russia or Italy winner Daniil Medvedev led by last year’s finalists Matteo Berrettini will also reserve a place in the bottom four when they meet in Sydney on Thursday. The Group C result is more complicated with the four teams – Great Britain, Canada, Germany and the United States – still in contention. They also play on Thursdays.

After Chile beat Norway earlier today, Spain only needed a win in their final Group A game against 2020 champions Serbia to progress, and that came from the constant Pablo Carreno Busta.

The world number 20 toppled Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 for his third consecutive win of the season before Bautista Agut, ranked a place above his teammate, rubbed salt in Serbia’s injuries as he passed Lajovic 6-1, 6-4.

“I am very happy to have won the match in straight sets, the humidity was difficult, but we need these matches which come from Europe and winter,” said Bautista Agut, who has played regularly since the bottom line.

“I haven’t played three games in a row for three or four months and it’s really good to start the season with rhythm, with minutes on the pitch and I couldn’t be happier.”

Despite the absence of Rafael Nadal, who is playing an ATP tournament in Melbourne, Spain have lost just one set in the 16-team event as Carreno Busta and Bautista Agut warm up for the Open d Australia which kicks off on January 17th.

Hurkacz was also in good shape, beating 13th Schwartzman, 6-1, 6-4 in 81 minutes.

Poland and Argentina both found themselves unbeaten in Group D, winning previous clashes with Greece and Georgia, to make their clash a win-win battle.

“Super proud”

Poland’s world number 117 Kamil Majchrzak prepared his team for the win with a bold 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Federico Delbonis, who is ranked 73 places higher, leaving the champion of the 2021 Miami Open Hurkacz seal the tie.

“So happy for the Poland team, we are in the semi-finals and very proud of this accomplishment,” said Hurkacz, who sent in 12 aces and won 85 percent of his first serve points.

“We are a great team, we have a great team spirit and we support each other and I think the atmosphere that we bring helps us to play better.”

It was another solid victory for Hurkacz after a career-high 2021 winning three TBEN titles. Schwartzman had just won a surprise victory on Monday against world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Majchrzak was a more than capable second singles player for Poland, enjoying one of the best weeks of his career with three straight wins.

“My ranking might be out of the top 100, but I feel like I’m in the top 100 and up, so I’m going to go there now,” he said.

Greece’s Tsitsipas has revealed he was still suffering from elbow surgery in November when he was beaten by Schwartzman, questioning he would play his singles match on Wednesday.

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But he went on the pitch against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, only for his opponent to withdraw with a 4-1 loss in the first set, complaining of breathing difficulties.

Greece and Georgia both lost their first two ATP Cup matches and had no chance of advancing to the semi-finals.

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