With two members of the top 10 involved in singles, as well as Grand Slam and Tour Finals champions in doubles, Group B play at the ATP Cup promises to be a battle. Here’s a look at the potential difference-makers on the Spanish, Greek and Australian teams. (All photos: Getty Images)
SPAIN: Rafael Nadal
Spain, last year’s runner-up, is arguably the deepest team in the tournament this year, with Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta having spent time in the top 10 in singles, and Marcel Granollers one of the best in the world in doubles. Still, the nation’s hopes lie heavily with world No. 2 Nadal, who went, 4-2, at the ATP Cup last year, dropping matches to David Goffin and Novak Djokovic.
For all of his success around the world, Nadal has only claimed one career title in Australia, that being his victory in Melbourne more than a decade ago. Given that his schedule was relatively light last year, he could be in dominant form with fresh legs at the start of the new tennis season.
GREECE: Stefanos Tsitsipas