Team Japan vs. Team Russia - 2021 ATP Cup Round Robin - Double's Match
Wednesday, February 3 2021
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Team Russia comes up against Team Japan in the doubles here in Group D in the ATP Cup Round Robin stage. Will Team Russia give it their all in a tie where they should be expected to win their singles matches easily, or will Team Japan have to defend their honor by trying to get at least one victory against the tough Russians?
Team Russia will not be coming into this match with much expectation or will to give it their all in my opinion. With their singles matches being Team Russia’s main priority, and rightly so with both Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev being two of the hottest commodities in the world of tennis nowadays, the doubles will not be as important for them. Russia can use whichever pairing they want in the doubles out of their four players, Medvedev, Rublev, Karatsev, and Donskoy, but it will not really matter if they get their job done if the singles results go the way they’re meant to.
With McLachlan and Matsui being some talented doubles players for Team Japan, it is going to be a very important match for Team Japan to get the job done during this match. Team Japan, unlike Team Russia, will be heavily reliant on performing strongly in the doubles, as their singles players are not as virtually guaranteed solid performances due to both injury comebacks, and issues in their playing style on hard courts. McLachlan and Matsui mainly focus on the challenger tour, but they do have a lot of experience in doubles. Will this experience pay dividends here against Team Russia?
This is going to be the first meeting between both teams, and it really depends on the results of the singles matches. I strongly believe that Team Russia will get the job done in both their singles performances, with victories by Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, which means this doubles match will not be as important for them to give it their all. On the other hand, Team Japan will need to give it their all here if they want to find some sort of momentum and hope in this tight Group D. I believe McLachlan and Matsui should get the job done here.