Published: Thu, February 04, 2021
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Nadal pulls out of ATP Cup tie with stiff back

Nadal pulls out of ATP Cup tie with stiff back

In his tweet, he wished his entire team all the luck for the tournament.

'Hopefully I'll be better for Thursday.

The five-day ATP Cup kicked off at Australia's Melbourne Park on Tuesday, with one of the competition's biggest names Rafael Nadal withdrawing from his maiden match due to injury. We have a strong team, all the to @pablocarreno91 @BautistaAgut & @M-Granollers #vamos'.

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut will now clash against de Minaur, while Australia's John Millman will square off against Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday.

Djokovic, who will bid for a record-extending ninth Australian Open title, will play in the decisive doubles as he looks to extend his unbeaten record in the ATP Cup to 10 matches.

12 teams are participating in the second edition of the ATP Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

In contrast, Novak Djokovic had the ideal start to Serbia's defence of the ATP Cup title as he won his singles match against Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5 before returning to the court to win the ensuing doubles match with Filip Krajinovic against Shapovalov and Milos Raonic.

While Djokovic enjoyed a dream start, Austria's world No.3 Dominic Thiem slumped to a 6-2 6-4 defeat to Italy's Matteo Berrettini in his opener.

The Australian took time to get his groove back against 209th-ranked Frenchman Alexandre Muller, losing the first set, then needing left knee treatment before knuckling down to win 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the Murray River Open.

Kenin had only one match win in previous trips to Melbourne Park in 2018 and '19 before winning her first major title here past year, when she beat local hope Ash Barty in the semifinals and Garbine Muguruza in the final.

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