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ATP Cup: Team tournament confirmed for January 2020

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Germany's Alexander Zverev. Andrew Couldridge Action Images via Reuters Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Germany's Alexander Zverev. Andrew Couldridge Action Images via Reuters
Cassandra Castillo | 17 November, 2018, 04:25

The 2020 Aussie Open will be pushed back one week to make way for a new ATP Cup team event.

. The location and timing is meant to provide ideal preparation ahead of the Australian Open, with the first Grand Slam of the season starting in Melbourne a week later.

"All of us players around the world are unified and united in this event", American player John Isner said.

The ATP Cup, which will offer $15 million in prize money for players, will be held in partnership with Tennis Australia.

"The Davis Cup has incredibly rich history".

Djokovic has little time to recover as he takes on big-hitting South African Kevin Anderson in Saturday's semi-finals but he goes into the business end of the competition as the only player to remain unbeaten. "It just happens that there's more team events, which I think the players are happy about".

World number 1 and the five-time ATP Finals champion Novak Djokovic has played another impressive match to leave Guga Kuerten Group with a flawless 3-0 score, ousting Marin Cilic 7-6 6-2 in an hour and 33 minutes for his 34th win at this tournament overall and the 52nd in 2018 so far and the 46th in the last 51 matches after Madrid!

"You can have multiple team events, that's not the issue", ATP president Chris Kermode said.

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"I honestly don't think it's good for the sport".

It comes months after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) voted on a revamped and rival Davis Cup tournament from 2019, taking place in November.

The launch took place at the O2 Arena in London, where the men's tennis tour's flagship event, the ATP Finals, is now taking place.

Earlier this week, world number five Alexander Zverev said nearly all the top players would skip the Davis Cup.

"One of them is the dates". I'm very, very sure that a lot of top players will not play.

The format of the ATP Cup will see nations split into six groups, with eight teams emerging from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase.

The two players traded blows in a first set that had to be settled by a tie-break before Djokovic took control of the contest in a bid to conserve his energy with a straightforward second set.

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