ATP Cup: In the opener, Dan Evans leads Great Britain to triumph over Germany

Source: Skysports

ATP Cup: Dan Evans led Great Britain to a 2-1 ATP Cup triumph against Germany on Sunday, defeating Jan-Lennard Struff in a singles match and then partnering Jamie Murray in the final doubles match in Sydney.

Evans defeated Struff 6-1 6-2, while Dan Evans and Murray defeated Kevin Krawietz and Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 after Alexander Zverev defeated Cameron Norrie 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 to force a decider.

“Winning as a team is the most essential thing,” Evans remarked. “Today, we all did our jobs.

“Cam had a fantastic match. He walked back out on the court and was getting revved up, as usual, and that’s what we all promise to do before any team event, that’s what we’ll do for each other.”

Evans overpowered Struff in the first set, winning nine consecutive games to go from a 1-1 tie in the first set to a 4-0 lead in the second, and there was no way back for Struff, who has now lost all three of his matches against Evans.

After that, Zverev gave Germany hope. When losing 5-4 in the first set, the world number three had to preserve a set point, but after that scare, he dominated in the second to win in 87 minutes.

After the game, Norrie revealed that he had contracted Covid-19 over the holidays, which had cost him a week of practice.

“I had Covid, but no symptoms, so I was quite lucky,” he explained. “It was terrible that I couldn’t get out on the court and play, but I had a long season already and had played a lot of matches, so it wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened to me.”

“Obviously, I just lost a week there, but it is what it is, and I did a little bit of fitness and stayed healthy throughout that period, so it wasn’t the worst thing in the world.”

On Tuesday, the United Kingdom will meet in Canada.

Taylor Fritz helped the United States to a 3-0 triumph over Canada earlier on Sunday after missing four set points in the first set.

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