ATP Cup: De Minaur's impressive return gives Australia victory over Germany
BRISBANE Alex de Minaur it came from a set and a collapse to review Alexander Zverev of Germany and cause great discomfort at the inauguration ATP Cup in Brisbane on Friday.
World number seven Zverev seemed to be coming to victory when he won the first set and broke the Australian in the first game of the second.
However, the German's high service came out of the boil and De Minaur returned to win 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, largely helped by Zverev's 14 double fouls, and gave him Australia an undisputed 2-0 lead in their draw in Group F.
Previously, the mercurial Nick Kyrgios established in a service master class to beat Jan-Lennard Struff.
Kyrgios, who has promised to donate Aus $ 200 (US $ 140) for every ace he serves in the tournament to people affected by the Australia n bushfires, fired 20 aces past Struff to win 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).
He got excited on the court when he talked about forest fires.
We have the capacity and the platform to do something, he said. My hometown is Canberra and we have the most toxic air in the world right now. That is quite sad. It's hard.
In the first match of Group F, young Canadian gun Denis Shapovalov world number number six Stefanos Tsitsipas in the clean sweep of his country against Greece.
Shapovalov, 20, knocked down world number six 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7/4) after Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Michail Pervolarakis 6-1, 6-3.
The two combined in the doubles to beat Pervolarakis and Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-3.
It was definitely a great start to the event: these guys played amazing, said Canadian captain Adriano Fuorivia. It's easy to support them when they play like this.
Shapovalov's left-handed service was working beautifully in his match against Tsitsipas, who hesitated at key moments in the two playoffs.
Tsitsipas, 21, had an excellent final for 2019, winning the ATP Finals in his tournament debut and reaching a world ranking of five.
He entered the game as a slight favorite over the Canadian, ranked nine places under him.
Both players had no problems with the service, but Shapovalov made the grip points in the two playoffs to take the game in just over two hours.
It is definitely a great victory for me, said Shapovalov.
Obviously, he had an incredible end of the season and is definitely one of the best players in the world at the moment, so beating a player like this first game of the year is really special for me.
Tsitsipas admitted that he had returned badly, which showed the difference.
I don't know if it was because he was a lefty. I don't really have so many problems playing with lefties, but today I think I was serving well, that was all, Tsitsipas said.
The 21st world Auger-Aliassime was too strong for Pervolarakis, 466 places lower in the ATP ranking.
The Canadian crossed the first set before Pervolarakis, who played his first game on the main ATP tour, could adapt to the pace, but the 19-year-old was never in trouble and finished the game in 69 minutes.