Australia has proven to be one of the main favorites to win the first edition of the ATP Cup. After Félix Auger-Aliassime's defeat by John Millman, Ontarian Denis Shapovalov bit the dust against Alex de Minaur, while Auger-Aliassime and Adil Shamasdin lost 3-6 7-6(3) 10-8 against John Peers and Chris Guccione.
The Australian team had chosen not to send Nick Kyrgios into the tie, he who had won his match against the Germans on Friday. "Nick was still sore and a bit stiff. It's more of a precaution than anything with Nick, he hasn't played a lot of matches.
He hasn't had the biggest pre-season either," Lleyton Hewitt said. This decision paid off, as Millman (48th in the ATP ranking) did not tremble against the 21st player in the world. Millman made Auger-Aliassime grind out rallies, and the Canadian finished with 42 unforced errors to 23 winners.
After the slow start, Millman won 11 of the final 14 games. Canada will face Germany on Tuesday. They won their three clashes against Greece on Friday. Australia is already qualified for the quarterfinals. “I felt like the win was right there in my hands, set and a break up and everything was kind of going my way,” Shapovalov said.
“[In] the second set, I didn't do much wrong. I made a couple mistakes, but that's normal, and he really took advantage and just really played just super, super solid. I mean, he wasn't giving me anything”.