The second edition of the ATP Cup should take place next January in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, gathering 24 teams in the battle for a prestigious title. Due to coronavirus, the current season had been plagued between March and August, with the ATP circuit resuming in New York at the end of this month.
After Cincinnati and the US Open, players will return to Europe for Kitzbuhel, Rome and Paris. It is uncertain what will happen after Roland Garros and how the new season will start. The main question that lingers above the 2021 season includes the ATP Cup and the Australian Open.
Tennis Australia Chief Executive Craig Tiley and his team have been working around the clock with the ATP to make both events happen in January next year. Tennis Australia will implement all the health measures and do everything to make the players feel safe down under, eager to offer help to Auckland and Doha as well.
In the first edition of the ATP this January, Serbia defeated Spain 2-1 to claim the inaugural title, led by Novak Djokovic. Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1 in an hour and 37 minutes to move Spain in front.
Bautista Agut did everything right in Perth and Sydney in the previous ten days, scoring six straight-sets wins over lower-ranked opponents and allowing Nadal to compete with less stress in tough top-ranked encounters he had to endure.
Including Challengers, it was the sixth victory for Bautista Agut over Lajovic in as many meetings, serving at 75% and getting broken twice from five chances offered to the Serb, once when he was already miles in front. Dusan delivered a fantastic performance against Karen Khachanov a day before but couldn't repeat that, giving away more than half of the return points and suffering five breaks from ten opportunities offered to the top-10 rival.
In the second match, Novak Djokovic scored his ninth straight victory over Rafael Nadal on hard courts, beating world no. 1 6-2, 7-6 to keep Serbia alive.
Craig Tiley believes the second ATP Cup will go on in January.
Djokovic dominated in the first set before Nadal responded in the second, staying in touch with the Serb and missing a chance to break him at 3-2 and gain the lead.
Firing 12 aces, Novak lost only 14 points in ten service games, repelling five break chances and stealing Nadal's serve twice in the opener for the best possible start. Rafa served better in the second set and stayed in touch after erasing two late break chances, only to fall in the tie break and send Novak over the top, losing all the matches against the Serb on hard since the US Open 2013!
In the title match at Ken Rosewall Arena, Serbia defeated Spain in the doubles clash to claim the title. Novak and Viktor Troicki took down Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes to overcome the deficit and put their name on that beautiful trophy.
"We are talking a lot to the ATP every week. We both want to run it. It was a great start-up event and was massively successful. We are planning on having it in three cities, and we're working with them. We've got a lot of work to do logistically to make this all happen.
We need to make sure the players are safe. But I think they're going to be pretty hungry to play tennis with crowds by the time we get to January," Craig Tiley said.