Nadal did not play due to back pain, Djokovic’s team started with victory

Melbourne, Feb 2 (AP) Rafael Nadal withdrew from the opening match of the ATP Cup tennis tournament due to back pain but he is likely to return to the Spanish team this week. World No. 2 Nadal announced on Twitter that he had lower back pain ahead of Tuesday’s match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur. “Hopefully I will be fit by Thursday,” he said. Roberto Batista Agut has become Spain’s number one player after his departure and he will be on the court against Minaur while Pablo Carreno Basta replaces the number two player. . Meanwhile, Serbia, led by top-ranked Novak Djokovic, began their campaign to save the title with a 2–1 win over Canada. Djokovic defeated Dennis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5 to pull the match to a doubles match. He then teamed up with Filip Krajinovic to beat Milos Raonich and Shapavlov 7-5, 7-6 (4). Meanwhile, Serbian fans continued to encourage him. Italy defeated Austria 2–1 in a Group C match. Matteo Berretini recorded a convincing 6–2, 6–4 win over US Open champion Dominic Theme in this match. Austria took an early lead with Denis Novak’s win over Fabio Fognini. Beretini played at a time like this and then played a key role in winning the doubles match.