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When: Thursday, January 10th
Where: Ken Roswell Arena in Sydney, Australia
Head to Head Record: Australia leads 3-1
Most Recent Match: 2015 Davis Cup semifinals, Great Britain 3-2
The ATP Cup is the first team competition organized by the ATP itself since 2012.
It is a replacement for the now extinct World Team Cup, which was discontinued that year.
Australia could add to its already extensive list of international success.
The national team won 28 Davis Cup titles along with three World Team Cup titles.
However, Australia has not won an international teams competition since the 2003 Davis Cup.
Its last final appearance came in 2004, at the World Team Cup.
Great Britain, meanwhile, will try to continue its recent success.
The British national team made it to the quarterfinals four times in the last five Davis Cup editions, with three semi-finals appearances.
It ended a 79-year drought by winning the 2015 Davis Cup title.
Great Britain never won the World Team Cup title, its best result being a lone runner-up finish in 1975.
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Team nomination: Daniel Evans, Cameron Noorie, James Ward, Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray.
Great Britain escaped a surprisingly close Group C.
It fought hard against Davis Cup powerhouse Belgium, a surprisingly strong Bulgarian team and Moldavia.
The British team suffered a comeback loss versus Bulgaria, but bounced back with a crucial win over Belgium and met expectations by sweeping Moldavia.
Great Britain is coming off a semi-finals appearance in last year’s Davis Cup.
The team features a mix of young and veteran players and is led by two members of its 2015 Davis Cup-winning squad.
Two-time Slam champion and former doubles number 1 Jamie Murray is Great Britain’s star player.
ATP circuit veteran Daniel Evans, meanwhile, headlines the singles lineup.
Team Great Britain won six of its nine matches and 14 out of 21 sets played.
Team nomination: Alex de Minaur, Nick Kyrgios, John Millman, John Peers, and Chris Guccione.
Australia’s lineup is almost unchanged compared to last year’s Davis Cup team.
Rising star Alex de Minaur is joined by the talented and controversial Nick Kyrgios in singles.
In the doubles competition, 2017 Australian Open champion and former number 2 in the ATP ranking John Millman is joined by veteran Chris Guccione.
Australia was drawn into the group of death, going up against Greece, 2019 Davis Cup runner-up Canada and Davis Cup group winner Germany.
Surprisingly, Australia swept the group, winning all nine best of 3 series while only dropping five of 23 sets.
The highlight was the 3-0 sweep against Canada in a rematch of last year’s Davis Cup quarterfinals.
These two teams have met four times, with Australian winning the head-to-head three times.
On the other hand, Great Britain won the most recent meeting on its way to the 2015 Davis Cup title.
This time around, however, it’s hard to make a case against Australia.
While Great Britain could have a slight edge in the doubles matchup, the Australian team has a clear advantage in singles.
While Cameron Norrie won his only match against Nick Kyrgios, it’s difficult to imagine a repeat, especially on Kyrgios’ home soil.
Kyrgios is also coming off an impressive win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the group stage, once again showing his amazing talent.
Despite Australia’s elimination, Alex de Minaur went undefeated in last year’s Davis Cup Finals.
The Next Gen star scored wins over David Goffin and Dennis Shapovalov, dropping only one set over the course of the competition.
His strong form carried over to the ATP Cup, scoring another win over Shapovalov along with an impressive 2-1 victory against Alexander Zverev.
Prediction: Australia, 2-0.
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