Group B - 2021 ATP Cup Prediction
Monday, February 1 2021
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The 2021 ATP Cup is finally here and we are all so excited for the best tennis players in the world to give it all for their countries. 12 countries, 4 groups, 4 semifinal slots, but who will make it to the Final 4 here in Australia? In this preview, I will be going through my predictions for who will win Group B (which includes Team Spain, Team Greece, and Team Australia).
The ATP Cup this year is going to be even tighter than last year in my opinion, and we are going to have some incredible matchups in Group B, with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alex de Minaur all facing each other. We will also have the likes of Roberto Bautista Agut, John Millman, and Marco Pervolarkis playing. I think that this group will be very tight in the No.1 vs. No.1 matches, but in the No.2 vs. No.2 Singles matches it seems pretty straight forward.
Team Spain look to be the best team here as the likes of Roberto Bautista Agut are able to beat the No.2 players of Greece and Australia quite easily due to his incredible game and experience. RBA always comes out playing his best tennis at the beginning of each year, and I do not think this year is going to be any different.
When it comes to the No.1 vs. No.1 matches, it is going to be much tighter, as hard courts are the best surface for Tsitsipas and de Minaur compared to Nadal who prefers clay. Nadal played de Minaur last year in the semifinals and was a set down, but was able to come back and win. Nadal was not playing his best last year at the ATP Cup, but I think that the increased rest in 2020 and towards the end of the season have ensured his body and game is at 100% coming into the tournament. Nadal can beat both de Minaur and Tsitsipas with ease 9 times out of 10.
When it comes to Greece vs. Australia, it is really just Stefanos Tsitsipas trying to hold the fort down for his country. Greece has nowhere near the combined talent that Australia has in both singles and doubles, and in a 2 Singles and 1 Doubles match format, I slightly favour Australia to win.
In my opinion Team Spain will be victorious here as they have the best and most experienced players in the Group, Australia will come in second due to their consistency and ability to play strong doubles, and Greece will come in last place as Tsitsipas is the only player who can accomplish anything compared to his teammates.