The first series of the ATP Cup 2020 had a clear dominator. Denis Shapovalov and Felix-Auger Aliassime did not have much trouble opening and closing the tie. Aliassime beat Pervolarakis, while Shapovalov defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the most exciting match of the day.
“It's always amazing to be part of the team and have kind of a team feeling. It's pretty rare on the Tour, so I definitely love it and I always feel like I thrive off that atmosphere. So, yeah, I'm really happy, happy with the result today,” Shapovalov said.
“It's definitely a huge win for me. Obviously, he had an unbelievable end to the season and he's definitely one of the top players in the world right now. He's got a great game. So to beat a guy like this in the first match of the year, it's really special for me.
It means a lot. I think today it was just a couple points here and there, just tried to keep playing my game, keep playing every single point and wait for my chances and I just think that I took advantage really well in the tie-breaks”.
“Truly feels good to be back on the court,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I didn't know the opponent, also, so that's a factor that is always challenging when you're a player, and so I tried to focus on what I had to do.
But I was happy that overall in the match I had a great first set, couldn't ask any better, and I was able to be solid in the second. So overall very happy to be back”.