Nick Kyrgios has taken his bitter feud with Novak Djokovic to a odd new level, turning up to watch the Serb's doubles match at the ATP Cup at midnight.
With Pat Rafter Arena full of flag wingers and singing Serbs, the atmosphere for the decisive encounter in doubles was like in a compact football stadium. After that, together with Viktor Troisky, the French pair defeated Nicolas Mahroot and Edward Roger Veslin 6-3, 6-6 (5/7), 10-3.
Djokovic said the players' council for the men's tour "would discuss it for sure" if conditions get worse, adding that players had in the past dealt with poor air quality at some tournaments in China and elsewhere, "but this is something different".
"I mean, it's fair from you to say that (ask the question)", he said when pressed on the matter in Brisbane, where he is playing for Serbia in the inaugural ATP Cup team event. "Thanks to the people for staying to nearly 1am to support us". But it is also important to me to be in a team with my friends.
He said he thrives in the team environment.
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Weeks after leading Spain to a Davis Cup title, Rafael Nadal is doing his best to do it again at the the ATP Cup, the newest of the men's global team competitions.
Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during their match at the ATP Cup in Perth on Monday.
Spain have received each matches in Group B up to now.
"It was a positive victory". "Returning I think very well from the baseline".
"The health of players, fans and staff is a priority at all times and we will continue to make these decisions with that in mind", tournament director Craig Tiley told local media on Monday. The top team in each group and the two best second-place finishers will advance.
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He was back to his dominant best against France's Gael Monfils, but the sapping heat and humidity made the 6-3, 6-2 win harder than the score suggested.
The two-time Grand Slam champion and former number 1 in the world took more than two hours and had 16 aces to beat Saqqari.
The most dominant win of the day came courtesy of Japan, who are without the injured Kei Nishikori but crushed Uruguay 3-0 in Perth, dropping just 15 games across their two singles and one doubles rubbers.
Japan also completed their second win as Yoshihito Nishioka and Go Soeda emerged victorious in their singles matches to seal the tie against Georgia in Perth.
Anderson said the goal was now to win the last round of the group stage to have a chance of reaching the quarterfinals, which start Thursday in Sydney. "Some of it is out of our hands as well, already having, well, taking the loss against Serbia".
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World number four Dominic Thiem bounced back from a shock loss in his opening match to beat tenacious Diego Schwartzman in two tough sets to steer Austria to victory over Argentina in Sydney.