Canadian tennis players claimed their first victory in the ATP Cup in Sydney. Great Britain was defeated 2-1, which means that all the countries in Group C of the relatively new country championship have now won a meet.
Dan Evans gave the British the lead with a win over Denis Shapovalov (6-4, 6-4), and then Felix Auger-Aliassime tied the Canadians by defeating Cameron Norrie 7-6 (4) 6-3. Then Shapovalov and Auger Eliasim also won the decisive doubles at the expense of doubles specialists Jimmy Murray and Joe Salisbury: 6-4, 6-1.
The Britons will play in Sydney without Andy Murray, who competed in this week’s Melbourne ATP Tour. There he was surprised in the first round by Argentine Facundo Banez (6-3 5-7, 6-3).
Earlier today, Germany was 2-1 stronger relative to the United States in the same group. Alexander Zverev beat Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4, and fellow countryman Jan-Lennard Struff held John Isner’s serve, who fired 34 aces: 7-6 (7) 4-6 7-5.
In Group B, defending champions Russia were too strong for hosts Australia and Italy beat France.
The four winners of the group advance to the semi-finals. The tournament continues through Sunday.
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