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Poland beats Argentina to secure semifinal spot at ATP Cup

Chile's 2-1 win over Norway meant Serbia needed to sweep Spain later Wednesday to move into top spot in Group A and advance to the semifinals.

By: AP | Sydney |
Updated: January 5, 2022 1:48:57 pm
ATP Cup , Hubert Hurkacz, Diego Schwartzman, Poland, Argentina ATP Cup , ATP Cup Poland, sports news, indian expressHubert Hurkacz beat Diego Schwartzman to secure Poland's victory over Argentina.(Twitter/HubertHurkacz)

Hubert Hurkacz beat Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-4 to secure Poland’s victory over Argentina on Wednesday and a spot in the ATP Cup semifinals. Poland finished the round-robin stage 3-0 in Group D, with wins over Georgia, Greece and in the top-of-the-table match against Argentina.

Kamil Majchrzak rallied twice from serve breaks in the second set before beating Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the opening singles match and No. 9-ranked Hurzacz clinched the semifinal spot with his win over of Schwartzman in the second singles encounter. Poland won the doubles to complete a sweep.

“I’m so happy for our team. We’re in the semis, so super proud of that achievement,” Hurkacz said.

“We have great team spirit. We support each other. I think the atmosphere that we bring helps us play better.” Poland will next meet either Spain or 2020 champion Serbia for a spot in the final.

Chile’s 2-1 win over Norway meant Serbia needed to sweep Spain later Wednesday to move into top spot in Group A and advance to the semifinals. Alejandro Tabilo beat Viktor Durasovic 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-1 to give Chile the lead before No. 8-ranked Casper Ruud levelled it for Norway with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Christian Garin.

Tabilo and Tomas Barrios Vera clinched the doubles 6-0, 6-4, giving Chile a 2-1 record in the round-robin stage and leaving Norway 0-3 after earlier losses to Spain and Serbia.

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