Group A - 2021 ATP Cup Prediction
Monday February 1st, 2021
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The 2021 ATP Cup will soon be here and tennis fans the world over are eagerly awaiting some tennis action after a long break. The tournament will be held in Melbourne Australia, and begins on February 1st. There will be a reduction in teams this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so 12 teams split into 4 groups will take part this year. Here is a preview of Group A, which is made up of defending champions Serbia, Germany and Canada.
Serbia - Novak Djokovic, Dusan Lajovic, Filip Krajinovic, Nikola Cacic
Germany - Alexander Zverev, Jan-Lennard Struff, Kevin Kraweitz, Andreas Mies
Canada - Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic, Steven Diez, Peter Polansky
Serbia will enter the tournament as the early favorites in Group A. They have a very deep team led by World #1 Novak Djokovic with strong players Lajovic and Krajinovic behind him. Djokovic is expected to lead from the front and will certainly be well prepared for an assault on the titles here and at the Australian Open. You can expect that his experienced team will also be ready for battle.
Canada also has a strong team led by the talented Denis Shapovalov who many expect to take another leap forward after a breakthrough year in 2020 where he entered the Top 10 for the first time. Milos Raonic is as strong as any #2 player in this event so they surely will be a tough team to beat. Where they may struggle is with their lack of an established doubles pairing
Rounding out a very strong group is Germany, led by superstar Alexander Zverev. He also broke through in 2020, narrowly missing out on a maiden Grand Slam title, losing to Dominic Thiem at the US Open in 5 tough sets. Struff is a good number 2 player but unlike Canada, they have a strong doubles contingent in Kraweitz and Mies who are Grand Slam Champions and the reigning ATP Finals Doubles winners.
This is possibly the deepest group in the event and I expect it to be a very close one. Serbia will clearly be the favorites but I wouldn't count Germany out due to their strong doubles team. I expect Serbia to just have enough to top the group, followed by Germany and Canada in third place.