The 2022 ATP Cup tournament schedule, which was released on Wednesday in Australia, revealed that Russia will face a stiff opening test.
The defending champion, led by World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, will begin the event on 2 January inside Ken Rosewall Arena against Austria, which has former World No. 3 Dominic Thiem at the helm. The matchup projects a No. 1 singles clash between Medvedev and Thiem, who leads the pair’s ATP Head2Head series 3-2. Austria also has a veteran doubles team in Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald.
Serbia, which lifted the ATP Cup trophy in 2020, will play on opening night (1 January) against Norway. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Norwegian star Casper Ruud recently met at the Nitto ATP Finals, and they are set to battle again inside Ken Rosewall Arena at No. 1 singles.
Full 2022 ATP Cup Schedule
|1 Jan Day||Chile vs Spain||Argentina vs Georgia|
|1 Jan Night||Serbia vs Norway||Greece vs Poland|
|2 Jan Day||Russia vs Austria||Canada vs USA|
|2 Jan Night||Italy vs Australia||Germany vs Great Britain|
|3 Jan Day||Poland vs Georgia||Norway vs Spain|
|3 Jan Night||Greece vs Argentina||Serbia vs Chile|
|4 Jan Day||Germany vs USA||Italy vs Austria|
|4 Jan Night||Canada vs Great Britain||Russia vs Australia|
|5 Jan Day||Norway vs Chile||Poland vs Argentina|
|5 Jan Night||Serbia vs Spain||Greece vs Georgia|
|6 Jan Day||Russia vs Italy||Great Britain vs USA|
|6 Jan Night||Austria vs Australia||Germany vs Canada|
*KRA= Ken Rosewall Arena and QBA= Qudos Bank Arena
The winner of Group A will meet the winner of Group D in the first semi-final on the evening of 7 January for a spot in the championship match, with the winners of Group B and C playing during the day on 8 January. The final will be on the evening of 9 January, with all knockout stage matches taking place inside Ken Rosewall Arena.
Knockout Stage Schedule
|7 Jan Night||SF||Winner Group A vs. Winner Group D|
|8 Jan Day||SF||Winner Group B vs. Winner Group C|
|9 Jan Night||Final||Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF 2|
Serbia leads Group A, which also consists of Norway, Chile and Spain. On the evening of 5 January, Serbia will play Spain in a rematch of the 2020 ATP Cup final, which was also held inside Ken Rosewall Arena. Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta lead the way for an experienced Spanish side.
Russia is in a difficult group with home country Australia, Austria and Italy. Medvedev and company will face Italy in a tantalising rematch of the 2021 final on 6 January during the day inside Ken Rosewall Arena. Four of the Top 10 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings will compete in that match, with Medvedev and Andrey Rublev leading the way against Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner.
The last match of group play inside Qudos Bank Arena on 6 January promises to be a good one between Group C teams Germany and Canada. Germany is led by two-time Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev and Canada has two of the ATP Tour’s brightest talents in Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, longtime friends.
Two 2021 Nitto ATP Finals competitors lead the way in Group D, with Stefanos Tsitsipas topping Greece’s lineup and Hubert Hurkacz playing No. 1 singles for Poland. The two countries will face each other on the evening of 1 January inside Qudos Bank Arena.