Roberto Bautista Agut swept previous Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic to steer Spain into the ATP Cup semi-finals Wednesday, the place they are going to meet Poland after world quantity 9 Hubert Hurkacz overwhelmed Argentina’s in-form Diego Schwartzman. The winner between Daniil Medvedev’s defending champions Russia or the Matteo Berrettini-led Italy, final yr’s finalists, will even e book a last-four berth once they meet in Sydney on Thursday. The result of Group C is extra sophisticated with all 4 groups — Britain, Canada, Germany and the US — nonetheless in competition. Additionally they play on Thursday.
After Chile beat Norway earlier within the day, Spain solely wanted one win of their last Group A tie in opposition to 2020 champions Serbia to progress, and that got here from the constant Pablo Carreno Busta.
The world quantity 20 toppled Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 for his third consecutive win of the season earlier than Bautista Agut, ranked one place above his teammate, rubbed salt in Serbia’s wounds by cruising previous Lajovic 6-1, 6-4.
“I am very joyful to have received the match in two units, the humidity was robust, however we want these matches coming from Europe and the winter,” mentioned Bautista Agut, who performed persistently from the baseline.
“I have never performed three matches in a row for 3 or 4 months and it is actually good to start out the season with rhythm, with minutes on the court docket and I could not be extra happy.”
Regardless of lacking Rafael Nadal, who’s enjoying an ATP match in Melbourne, Spain have dropped only one set on the 16-team occasion as Carreno Busta and Bautista Agut heat up for the Australian Open which begins on January 17.
Hurkacz has additionally been in effective contact, battling previous Thirteenth-ranked Schwartzman 6-1, 6-4 in 81 minutes.
Each Poland and Argentina went into the tie unbeaten in Group D, profitable earlier clashes with Greece and Georgia, to make their showdown a winner-takes-all battle.
Poland’s world quantity 117 Kamil Majchrzak arrange his crew for victory with a gutsy 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win in opposition to Federico Delbonis, who’s ranked 73 locations greater, leaving 2021 Miami Open champion Hurkacz to seal the tie.
“So joyful for Workforce Poland, we’re within the semis and tremendous happy with that achievement,” mentioned Hurkacz, who despatched down 12 aces and received 85 % of his first-serve factors.
“We’re an important crew, have nice crew spirit and assist one another and I feel the ambiance that we carry helps us play higher.”
It was one other stable win for Hurkacz after a career-best 2021 garnered three ATP Tour titles. Schwartzman was coming off an upset win over world quantity 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday.
Majchrzak has been a more-than-competent second singles participant for Poland, having fun with among the best weeks of his profession with three wins in a row.
“My rating perhaps is out of the highest 100, however I really feel like I belong within the prime 100 and extra, so I am going for it now,” he mentioned.
Greece’s Tsitsipas revealed he was nonetheless in ache after November elbow surgical procedure when he was overwhelmed by Schwartzman, casting doubt over whether or not he would play his singles rubber on Wednesday.
However he took to the court docket in opposition to Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, just for his opponent to retire whereas shedding 4-1 within the opening set, complaining of respiratory difficulties.
Greece and Georgia each misplaced their opening two ATP Cup ties and had no probability of constructing the semi-finals.
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