Former world primary Andy Murray is in line to play Grigor Dimitrov within the opening spherical of the inaugural ATP Cup, with Bulgaria qualifying among the many ultimate six groups within the nation-based match.
Briton Murray, on the comeback path after hip surgical procedure, was initially set to face Roger Federer in a blockbuster Group C conflict in Sydney however the 20-times Grand Slam champion pulled out of the Jan. 3-12 match, making Switzerland ineligible.
Bulgaria have changed Switzerland within the group, which means Murray as a substitute faces a potential match with Dimitrov, dubbed “Baby Fed” for his related taking part in type to the Swiss grasp.
Chile, Poland, Uruguay, Moldova and Norway are the opposite 5 groups that certified for the 24-nation area on the shut of the second and ultimate deadline.
The six group winners and the 2 greatest second-placed finishers throughout the teams attain the ATP Cup Finals in Sydney.
Every tie includes two singles and one doubles match.
World primary Rafa Nadal kicks off his match with Spain in Perth towards Group B rivals Japan, Georgia and Uruguay, the match draw confirmed on Thursday.
Serbia, led by world quantity two Novak Djokovic, play Chile, France and South Africa in Group A in Brisbane.
Russian younger gun Daniil Medvedev, overwhelmed within the U.S. Open ultimate by Nadal, will spotlight Group D for Russia towards the US, Italy and Norway.
Group F has Germany, Greece, Canada and Australia taking part in off in Brisbane and boasts a mouthwatering array of younger expertise.
German world quantity six Alexander Zverev is more likely to characteristic within the singles together with Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas and tempestuous Australian Nick Kyrgios.
Group A – Serbia, France, South Africa, Chile (Brisbane)
Group B – Spain, Japan, Georgia, Uruguay (Perth)
Group C Belgium, Nice Britain, Bulgaria, Moldova (Sydney)
Group D – Russia, Italy, United States, Norway (Perth)
Group E – Austria, Croatia, Argentina, Poland (Sydney)
Group F – Germany, Greece, Canada, Australia (Brisbane)