by Isaiah Buse

February 8, 2021   

It has been exciting times on the pro tennis tours in ATP & WTA tennis news. We got the excitement of the ATP Cup and the Australian Swing, the build-up for the Australian Open, and much more.

If you weren’t able to keep up with everything going on, we’ve got your back. Below are the tournament news/results, top headlines, and spotlight story!


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ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: ATP Cup & Australian Swing

ATP Cup

On Day 1 of the 2021 ATP Cup, Serbia would take on Canada in Group A. In singles play, Novak Djokovic would manage to defeat Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5 and Milos Raonic would defeat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 to make the doubles match a decider.

In the doubles match, the team of Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic would oust the team of Raonic and Shapovalov 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

In Group B play, Spain would dominate the Australian team. In singles, Roberto Bautista Agut would defeat Alex de Minaur 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and Pablo Carreno Busta would defeat John Millman 6-2, 6-4.

The doubles match would see Carreno Busta and Marcel Granollers teaming up to defeat the team of John Peers and Luke Saville 6-4, 7-5.

In Group C, the singles would be split with Matteo Berrettini defeating Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-4 and Dennis Novak defeating Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2. In the doubles action, Berrettini and Fognini would defeat Thiem and Novak 6-1, 6-4.

In Group D play, the Russians would dominate the Argentinians in singles play. Daniil Medvedev would defeat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 and Andrey Rublev would defeat Guido Pella 6-1, 6-2. In the doubles, Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos would defeat Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

On Day 2 of the ATP Cup, in Group A play, Germany would get the best of the Canadian team. In singles play, both matches would be tight, but Jan-Lennard Struff would defeat Milos Raonic 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2) and Alexander Zverev would defeat Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

In doubles play, the team of Steven Diez and Peter Polansky would defeat the team of Kevin Krawietz and Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 10-3.

In Group B play, the Australian team would edge out Greece. In singles, John Millman would defeat Michail Pervolarakis 6-2, 6-3 but Stefanos Tsitsipas would defeat Alex de Minaur 6-3, 7-5 to setup a must-win doubles match.

In the doubles match, Australians John Peers and Luke Saville would defeat the team of Pervolarakis and Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.

In Group C play, due to solid singles play, the Italian team would defeat the Frenchmen. Matteo Berrettini would defeat Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-2 and Fabio Fognini would defeat Benoit Paire 6-1, 7-6 (7-2). In the doubles match, Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin would defeat Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 6-3, 6-4.

In Group D play, the Russians singles prowess would be too much for the Japanese team. In singles play, Daniil Medvedev would defeat Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4 and Andrey Rublev would defeat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-3.

But, in doubles play, the Japanese team of Ben McLachlan and Yoshihito Nishioka would defeat the team of Evgeny Donskoy and Aslan Karatsev 4-6, 6-3, 12-10.

Although we would have to wait an extra day for Day 3 of the ATP Cup — due to a hotel worker testing positive for COVID-19 — it was well worth it.

On Day 3 of the ATP Cup, we would only see three groups compete, but there would be some great matches.

In Group A play, the German team would edge out the Serbian team. In singles play, Novak Djokovic would defeat Alexander Zverev 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 7-5 and Jan-Lennard Struff would defeat Dusan Lajovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In the deciding doubles match, Jan-Lennard Struff and Alexander Zverev would team up to defeat the team of Nikola Cacic and Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 10-7.

In Group B play, the Greek team would defeat the Spanish team. In singles play, Pablo Carreno Busta would defeat Michail Pervolarakis 6-3, 6-4 and Stefanos Tsitsipas would defeat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 7-5.

In doubles play, Markos Kalovelonis and Tsitsipas would defeat Carreno Busta and Marcel Granollers 1-0 due to a walkover.

In Group C play, France would defeat Austria. In singles play, Nicolas Mahut would defeat Dennis Novak 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 and Dominic Thiem would defeat Benoit Paire 6-1 due to a walkover. In doubles play, Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin would defeat Philipp Oswald and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn 6-3, 6-3.

On Day 4 of the ATP Cup, there would be a round-robin match played for placement and the semifinals to decide our finalists.

In the round-robin match, the Group D teams of Argentina and Japan would play each other. In this match, Argentina would dominate. In singles play, Guido Pella would defeat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and Diego Schwartzman would defeat Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0.

In doubles play, the team of Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos would defeat the team of Ben McLachlan and Toshihide Matsui 6-2, 6-2.

Moving on now to the exciting stuff, let’s start with the semifinals match featuring Spain and Italy. In singles play, Matteo Berrettini would defeat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 7-5 and Fabio Fognini would defeat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.

In doubles play, the Spanish team would decide to withdraw from the match, giving Italy the win and a spot in the championship.

In the other semifinals match, Russia would take on Germany. In some exciting singles play, Daniil Medvedev would defeat Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and Andrey Rublev would defeat Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

In the doubles match, the team of Kevin Krawietz and Jan-Lennard Struff would defeat the team of Evgeny Donskoy and Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

In the championship match, Russia would face Italy for the pride of their countries. In singles play, Andrey Rublev would dominate Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2 and Daniil Medvedev would dismiss Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 6-2.

With this, Team Russia would claim the 2021 ATP Cup championship over Team Italy 2-0.

Team Russia - ATP Cup 2021
Team Russia, the 2021 ATP Cup Champions. (Photo Credit: ATP Cup Twitter)

Great Ocean Road Open

In the opening round of the Great Ocean Road Open, there would only be three upsets: Kevin Anderson d. (16) Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5; (PR) Kamil Majchrzak d. (12) Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-4; and Pablo Cuevas d. (14) Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-2.

In the second round, there would be several more upsets, highlighted by the 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz defeating the top-seeded David Goffin 6-3, 6-3.

In the next couple of rounds, Thiago Monteiro, Stefano Travaglia, (4) Jannik Sinner, and (2) Karen Khachanov would all play well enough to make the semifinals.

In the semifinals, Stefano Travaglia would defeat Thiago Monteiro 6-3, 6-4 and (4) Jannik Sinner would upset (2) Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) to reach the finals.

In the championship match, Jannik Sinner would defeat Stefano Travaglia 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to win his 2nd career ATP title.

Jannik Sinner - Great Ocean Road Open Champion
Jannik Sinner posing for a picture with his trophy from the Great Ocean Road Open. (Photo Credit: We Are Tennis Twitter)

In the doubles final, the team of (2) Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares would defeat the team of (1) Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) to reign victorious.

Murray River Open

Much like the tournament above, the Murray River Open would feature three upsets in the first round: Mackenzie McDonald d. (14) Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-2), 7-5; Jeremy Chardy d. (11) Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8); and (WC) Jason Kubler d. (9) Lorenzo Sonego 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In the second round, several seeds would fall, the highest of which being (5) Casper Ruud who was defeated by Jiri Vesely 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

The next couple of rounds would see Jeremy Chardy, (8) Daniel “Dan” Evans, (3) Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Corentin Moutet claiming their spots in the semifinals.

In the semifinals, (8) Dan Evans would defeat Jeremy Chardy with ease, 6-2, 6-2 and (3) Felix Auger-Aliassime would defeat Corentin Moutet 6-1, 6-2 to reach the finals.

In the finals, Auger-Aliassime wouldn’t be able to overcome his championship woes (0/7 now), and Dan Evans would defeat him 6-2, 6-3 to win his first career ATP title.

Dan Evans - Murray River Open
Dan Evans hoisting his trophy at the Murray River Open. (Photo Credit: Dan Evans Fan Page Twitter)

In the doubles final, the team of (1) Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic would defeat the team of (5) Fabrice Martin and Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 to claim the title.

Gippsland Trophy

In the Gippsland Trophy, the semifinals would feature (9) Ekaterina Alexandrova facing Kaia Kanepi and (7) Elise Mertens facing (2) Naomi Osaka.

En route to the semifinals, Alexandrova would demolish the top-seeded Simona Halep 6-2, 6-1. Kanepi would benefit from a walkover in the quarterfinals, Mertens would oust Svitolina, and Osaka would clean up the bottom half of the draw.

In the semifinals, Kanepi would defeat Alexandrova 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) and Elise Mertens would benefit from a Naomi Osaka walkover.

In the championship match, Elise Mertens would look well-rested, defeating Kanepi 6-4, 6-1 to take the championship.

Elise Mertens - Gippsland Trophy
Elise Mertens holding her trophy from the Gippsland Trophy tournament. (Photo Credit: WTA Twitter)

In doubles play, the top-seeded team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova would defeat (2) Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to claim the trophy.

Yarra Valley Classic

In the Yarra Valley Classic, the semifinals would feature (1) Ash Barty facing (5) Serena Williams and (8) Marketa Vondrousova facing (6) Garbine Muguruza.

En route to the semifinals, Barty would play two three-setters, Williams would play well but suffer a shoulder injury causing her to withdraw from her upcoming match against Barty, Muguruza would steam-roll the reigning AO Champ Sofia Kenin, and Vondrousova would have to play a match tiebreak in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, in a match to see who would play Barty in the championship, Muguruza would continue her dominance by defeating Vondrousova 6-1, 6-0.

In the championship match, Barty would defeat the seemingly undefeatable Muguruza 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 to claim the Yarra Valley Classic trophy.

Ash Barty - Yarra Valley Classic
Ash Barty hoisting her Yarra Valley Classic trophy. (Photo Credit: Dave Hunt)

In doubles play, the team of (3) Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara would defeat the team of Anna Kalinskaya and Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3, 6-4 to claim the title.

Grampians Trophy

Here is a brief overview of the Grampians Trophy — which was formed to allow players who went under strict quarantine a pre-AO tournament.

Meeting in the semifinals would be Maria Sakkari, Anett Kontaveit, Jennifer Brady, and Ann Li. However, the tournament would decide to only play the semifinals matches and no finals match, declaring the winner of each match the co-champion.

In the “semifinals/finals”, Anett Kontaveit would defeat Maria Sakkari 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 and Ann Li would defeat Jennifer Brady 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 10-6.

Upcoming Tournaments

When it comes to tournaments to watch coming up, there is one that every tennis fan has been restlessly waiting for: The Australian Open.

  • Will Djokovic win his 18th Grand Slam (9th AO)?
  • Will Nadal win his 21st Grand Slam, breaking the tie for first?
  • Will Serena win her 24th Grand Slam, tying the all-time record?
  • Is Osaka primed to win big this year?

All of these questions, and more, will be answered at the Australian Open! If you’re interested in a more in-depth preview of the 2021 Australian Open, make sure to check out the articles below!


Top 10 News Stories Around the Pro Tennis Tour

With the Australian Open upon us, several headlines are featuring the Grand Slam. You can check out some of the top ones below!


Spotlight Story: Naomi Osaka Becomes Part-Owner of a Women’s Soccer Team

In an announcement via Twitter, three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka announced that she had bought a stake in the North Carolina Courage.

The North Carolina Courage are one of 10 teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. Osaka said that her reason for supporting the team is to invest in other women because other women invested in her.

β€œI’ve been wanting to get involved with the NWSL for a while, to promote women’s sports and also as a business investment because I can see it growing rapidly,” Osaka told People Magazine

β€œFirst and foremost, I really like the people running the club from top to bottom. They align so closely with my values and interests β€” promoting women’s sports through grassroots and using the team as a platform to do good in the community.” 

If you’d like to read more about the story, make sure to check it out here: Naomi Osaka buys ownership stake in North Carolina Courage of National Women’s Soccer League!

Isaiah Buse

About the author

Isaiah Buse is a tennis enthusiast who currently plays at the NAIA level in Missouri. He has covered the top tennis stories and tournaments for over 2 years now and has enjoyed every second of it. In addition to writing, he enjoys teaching the younger generation of tennis players.

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