Team Japan vs. Team Argentina - 2021 ATP Cup Round Robin - Double's Match
Tuesday, February 2 2021
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A very tight doubles encounter is on our hands as Team Argentina (Zeballos/Gonzales) meets Team Japan (McLachlan/Matsui) here at the ATP Cup Round Robin in Group D. Will Team Argentina’s experienced and veteran partnership be able to hold off the unpredictable and unknown Japanese partnership?
Team Japan (McLachlan/Matsui) are not very well known on the main tour, especially in the doubles, but they do have some strong experience of playing doubles individually. McLachlan is the more talented of the two, but both know how to play doubles, and have shown some strong performances both in the US College Tennis tour, but also in the Challenger tour. Team Japan knows that this double’s encounter will be very important for them in a tight tie against Team Argentina in Group D, but will they have enough to take down the stronger team in Zeballos/Gonzales?
Gonzales and Zeballos are an extremely experienced doubles pairing who know they can be relies upon here at the ATP Cup, especially in these tighter tie’s such as Team Argentina vs. Team Japan. They both have big serves, and they have incredibly fast reflexes which allow them to finish points off quickly at the net, and from the baseline with their pin point accuracy. Gonzales and Zeballos will know that all victories count here at the ATP Cup in the Round Robin system, even if you have lost the 2 singles matches beforehand, and they will always come out and give it their all to give their country the best shot at getting somewhere in the tournament this year.
This is going to be the first encounter between these two pairings, and although both sides have experience in doubles, Team Argentina’s Zeballos and Gonzales are the vastly superior team and partnership. I expect this to obviously be a tight match, with momentum swings on both sides, but at the end of the day Zeballos and Gonzales should have enough power, experience, and talent to get the job done for Team Argentina against a tough Team Japan lineup, no matter how the Singles matches finish earlier in the day.