Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff insisted he knew he would have to play his best tennis if he wanted to beat rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime. Struff, ranked at No. 35 in the world, defeated world No. 21 Auger-Aliassime 6-1 6-4 in the opening rubber of the tie between Canada and Germany.
The German cruised past the first set as he broke the 19-year-old twice and saved the lone break point he faced to get off to a fast start and take the lead. Former world No. 33 Struff then made a strong start to the second set as claimed an arly break and then held on to his serve for the rest of the set to clinch the win.
"He's very young and I knew I have to go out and play very good tennis to beat him and actually, I did, and I was very happy with the performance and the way I played,” Struff said, per the ATP Cup. “It was very important for us to get the first point."
Yet, Germany failed to beat Canada as Auger-Aliassime beat Alexander Zverev in the second rubber, before Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov defeated Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in the deciding rubber.