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Zverev, Berrettini win to keep ATP Cup hopes alive

Top-10 stars Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini both timed strong triumphs on Tuesday as they increase arrangements for the Australian Open by keeping Germany and Italy on target at the ATP Cup.

The German world No 3 Zverev got through a workmanlike 6-4, 6-4 conflict against American Taylor Fritz, his subsequent straight win of the new season.

Seventh-positioned Italian Berrettini, in the interim, skipped back from a shocking rout to Australia’s Alex Di Minaur on Sunday to fight past Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), who upset US Open hero Daniil Medvedev at the end of the week.

“By and large, it was at a decent level for the second match of the year, an extreme focus and hard-hitting,” said Zverev. “Most significant is that Team Germany won.”

Prior Jan-Lennard Struff gave Germany a 1-0 lead with a gutsy 7-6 (8/7), 4-6, 7-5 win over large serving John Isner, who crushed 34 experts.

“It’s dependably intense against John,” Struff said. “I had played him multiple times previously and lost multiple times. So I’m extremely glad to get the success for my group today.”

The success kept Germany’s ATP Cup trusts alive later they lost to Britain in their opener, with just the top country from every one of the four gatherings advancing to the knockouts.

Last year’s next in line Italy experienced a baffling loss on Sunday against Australia, to a great extent down to Berrettini losing in straight sets to Di Minaur.

Yet, he offered to set things right against Humbert, winning 85% of his first-serve focuses.

“A truly intense match, particularly in these conditions. He’s an extraordinary server, a precarious player, a lefty,” said the Italian, who was overwhelmed with his serve, sending down 18 pros.

“It’s a major weapon that I have and when it is working like this, it helps me a great deal.”

World number 10 Jannik Sinner set Italy coming, overcoming France’s Arthur Rinderknech 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in the initial singles, revitalizing from a separate in the subsequent set.

“It’s never simple playing against him, it was the third time as of now. The previously set I was taken care of. In the second set I dropped a smidgen of power,” said Sinner.

Rinderknech crushed Sinner on mud in Lyon last year and seemed prepared to push for one more surprise, yet one blunder permitted the Italian back on serve and he committed no error from that point.

France is presently 0-2 at the competition, having additionally lost against reigning champs Russia.

Russia and Australia, who both won their opening matches, meet in the evening meeting with Medvedev playing Di Minaur.

Canada, initiated by Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, face Britain in an evening or two ago tie.

The Canadians tumbled to the United States in their opener while the Cameron Norrie-drove British surprise Zverev’s Germany.

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