TENNIS

ATP Cup : Novak Djokovic Leads Serbia's Title Defense

After a wildly successful debut in 2020, the ATP Cup Kicks off in more subdued circumstances in Melbourne with Novak Djokovic looking to get Champions Serbia off to a flying start against Canada in the truncated team-based event.

Last year's Tournament featured 24 Nations and played to packed houses across the country, but the upcoming event has been reduced to 12 teams and all the action will be confined to Melbourne Park due to covid-19 Biosecurity measures. Crowd capacity for this year has been capped at 25%. The competition will nonetheless provide a form guide for next week's Australian open, with most of the grand Slam's top male contenders representing their Nations after a mandatory 14 days in quarantine.

Djokovic, unbeaten in eight ties, was majestic in last year's tournament as he fired Serbia to a 2-1 victory over Spain in the final, including a straight sets win over Rafa Nadal.