Roberto Bautista Agut got Spain off to a winning start in its Group B campaign in Valencia on Wednesday. The world No. 21 faced 37 winners en route to a 7-6(5), 7-6(5) win against Miomir Kecmanovic to give Spain a 2-0 lead against Serbia.
In the first game of the draw, Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas clawed past Laslo Djere 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 in two hours and 57 minutes. With his win, the 34-year-old has lifted his ATP Head2Head series against two-time tour-level titlist Djere to 2-2.
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Italy sweeps past Croatia
Matteo Berrettini passed Croatian Borna Coric 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 to secure Italy’s Group A victory at Bologna.
The 26-year-old fired 15 aces to win after two hours and 24 minutes, giving Italy an unassailable 2-0 lead in the game against Croatia. #NextGenATP star Lorenzo Musetti defeated Borna Gojo 6-4, 6-2 in 86 minutes in the first game.
Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini completed a clean sweep for the Italians with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) win over Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.
Krawietz/Puetz supply for Germany
Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz defeated Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(1) in the decisive doubles to give Germany a 2-1 win against France in Hamburg.
Jan-Lennard Struff battled Benjamin Bonzi 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in two hours and 16 minutes to give Germany a 1-0 lead in the Group C draw. Adrian Mannarino then moved up the French level and drove past Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3 in their first ATP Head2Head meeting.
What is the format for the 2022 Davis Cup final?
The group stage of the 2022 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals will take place in four cities – Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia – from September 13-18. The 16 nations will compete in four round-robin groups of four teams. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. The knockout stage will take place from November 22-27 in Malaga.