Tennis Australia News, 2021 ATP Cup 1st Game of Group B: Pablo Carreno Busta v John Millman


Australia meet up Spain firsthand in the best of three games via Group B of the 2021 ATP Cup. The first match focuses on the first of the two singles portion. Followed by the doubles to wrap up this mini series.

But for now this battle focuses on Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta who is currently ranked 16 in men’s singles. Up against Busta from the Australian camp is John Millman (Ranked 38). Millman fired off initially with the opening point lead. But unable to make the most out of the first set. After he was cleared by Carreno Busta 2-6.

John did show some glimpses of display with the early lead in the 2nd portion. As well as scrambled to try and keep himself away from the Spaniard in Carreno Busta. So he can earn a repreive for the possible 3rd set. And keep Australia in the fighting zone towards a comeback. Credit to team captain and pioneer of “C’mon” catchphrase from Lleyton Hewitt. He just unable to find the middle ground to make up lost time earlier on with the defeat. 2-6, 4-6.

There is no denying the superb Spaniard from Carreno Busta though with such a fine performance. This guy executed both the physical & mental attributes where John unable to find the sweet spot. He will take some rest before going back again for the doubles. When Pablo pairs up with Marcel Granollers against John Peers & Luke Saville. 

Regardless of the 2nd singles game result between Alex De Minaur v Roberto Bautista Agut. As the overall win for Spain is important going into Thursday v Greece. Before focusing on the semi finals.

Their master Rafa Nadal may not be playing right now over a back issue. But he played a decent role from the sidelines for Spain. Even better than Lleyton despite not being a team captain. He is age 34 with a few years left of playing. As well as still reaping potential to claim more grand slams like the Australian Open from next week.

While Alex De Minaur needs to give Australia hope to fight back 1-1 going into the doubles section. And give his teammates some hope before facing Greece tomorrow. They will otherwise look to end somewhere on a high if Australia does not make it to the semis.

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