ATP Cup: Roberto Bautista Agut stuns Hubert Hurkacz as Spain beat COVID-hit Poland to make final

Spain had a big advantage before the semi-final in Sydney had even started. Poland suffered a major blow when Kamil Majchrzak announced he tested positive for Covid-19 and had been forced into seven days of isolation.

Agence France-Presse January 07, 2022 17:33:28 IST
ATP Cup: Roberto Bautista Agut stuns Hubert Hurkacz as Spain beat COVID-hit Poland to make final

Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain reacts after defeating Poland's Hubert Hurkacz during their semifinal match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney. AP

An unflappable Roberto Bautista Agut upset world number nine Hubert Hurkacz to dismiss a Covid-hit Poland and steer Spain into the ATP Cup final on Friday against either defending champions Russia or Canada.

Spain had a big advantage before the semi-final in Sydney had even started. Poland suffered a major blow when Kamil Majchrzak announced he tested positive for Covid-19 and had been forced into seven days of isolation.

Majchrzak had won all three of his singles rubbers so far and his replacement, doubles specialist Jan Zielinski, was a poor substitute.

He crashed 6-2, 6-1 to world number 20 Pablo Carreno Busta in just 53 minutes to hand Spain a 1-0 advantage before Bautista Agut, ranked one place above his teammate, battled past Hurkacz 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 7-6 (7/5) in a high-quality match.

It is the second time Spain have made the decider of the team tournament, losing to Novak Djokovic's Serbia at the inaugural event in 2020 when Rafael Nadal and Bautista Agut played the leading roles.

They are without Nadal this year, but Bautista Agut has effortlessly stepped up as Spain's number one while Carreno Busta has proved an impressive number two.

Both players have won all four of their singles encounters so far this season.

Daniil Medvedev-led Russia face off against a Canada team spearheaded by Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov on Saturday

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