Dan Evans and Jamie Murray were at the top of their game on Sunday as they teamed up to defeat their German Opponents 6-3 6-4 at the ATP Cup. The doubles match was a decider after Evans beat German Jan-Lennard Struff in a singles match and Alexander Zverev defeated Cameron Norrie in a singles match as well. Evans and Murray had to defeat Zverev and Kevin Krawietz in the doubles match to proceed to the next round of the event. They would then face Canada on Tuesday.
Evans did not waste much time before defeating Jan-Lennard Struff earlier in the day. Evans dominated every bit of the match and has now beaten Struff in all their three meetings. It was world number three, Zverev who seemed to give his side a bit of hope after his 6-7 (2-7) 1-6 victory over Norrie. Norrie, whose loss forced the decider match, said that he missed a week of practice after testing positive for COVID-19. But rather than be a setback, Team Great Britain used the decider doubles match to show how prepared they are for the event.
Also, earlier in the day, Russian Daniil Medvedev suffered defeat at the hands of Ugo Humbert. Medvedev later teamed up with Roman Safiullin, who won his singles match, to defeat Frenchmen Fabrice Martin and Edouard roger-Vasselin 6-4 6-4. Italian Matteo Berrettini had a bad day, losing both his singles and doubles appearances. It was also not a good day for Team Canada, with Felix Auger Aliassime losing his singles match against American Taylor Fritz. Aliassime then lost the doubles bid after teaming up with Denis Shapovalov to face Fritz and John Isner.
The ATP Cup, which began on Friday, December 31, is the first ATP event of the year and features 16 countries.