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ATP Cup 2020: Thursday Tennis Scores, Results and Updated Schedule

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2020

Nick Kyrgios of Australia carries teammate Alex de Minaur after winning their men's doubles match against Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury of Britain at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney on January 9, 2020. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)
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Hosts Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2020 ATP Cup, outlasting Great Britain in an epic encounter on Thursday. 

Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur beat Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury in a lengthy super tiebreak, winning 18-16 in the final set. Kyrgios gave the Aussies the lead with a win over Cameron Norrie in the first rubber, but Dan Evans forced the doubles match with a win over De Minaur.

Russia swept past Argentina in their quarter-final thanks to Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev, who won their singles matches.

Friday's remaining quarter-finals will pit Serbia against Canada and Spain versus Belgium.

Here are the full results from Thursday:

Australia 2-1 Great Britain

Nick Kyrgios bt. Cameron Norrie: 6-2, 6-2

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Dan Evans bt. Alex de Minaur: 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2)

Nick Kyrgios/Alex de Minaur bt. Jamie Murray/Joe Salisbury: 3-6, 6-3, 18-16

Russia 3-0 Argentina

Karen Khachanov bt. Guido Pella: 6-2, 7-6 (4)

Daniil Medvedev bt. Diego Schwartzman: 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Teymuraz Gabashvili/Konstantin Kravchuk bt. Maximo Gonzalez/Andres Molteni: 7-6 (5), 6-4

   

Kyrgios was the hero for the hosts Thursday, cruising to a singles win in the opening rubber before using all his experience to keep partner De Minaur calm in an epic doubles encounter.

The 24-year-old showed remarkable maturity after the win:

Tumaini Carayol @tumcarayol

"He gets pretty down on himself really easy and I just tried to keep him positive." Never in my life did I think I'd hear those words by *Nick Kyrgios* about Alex De Minaur.

He dropped just four games in the match against Norrie, using his tremendous defensive abilities and power from the baseline to blast winner after winner.

Try as he might, the Brit barely found success against Australia's star in Sydney:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

How? 😲 @NickKyrgios #ATPCup https://t.co/3t5rRYW0Ly

The second rubber was a lot closer, pitting rising star De Minaur against Evans. The two needed more than three hours and 20 minutes to conclude their encounter, with the more experienced Evans taking the tiebreak to force the deciding doubles.

The 29-year-old produced this astonishing lob during the win:

ATP Tour @atptour

That is just sensational skill! 😱 Dan Evans with one of the greatest lobs you will ever see! #ATPCup https://t.co/mP8xw9az7G

The hosts nominated Kyrgios and De Minaur over the duo of Chris Guccione and John Peers to play the doubles, and the decision appeared to backfire initially. Murray and Salisbury comfortably won the opening set with some excellent return play and overall dominance at the net.

Australia started to build some steam in the second set, tying things up and forcing a decider, but Britain took control early and were on the verge of an upset for most of the tiebreak.

The Brits wasted four match points before Australia closed the deal:

ATPCup @ATPCup

🇦🇺 #TeamAustralia = first into the semifinals! @alexdeminaur/@NickKyrgios put on a gusty performance to outlast Murray/Salisbury 3-6 6-3 [18-16] and punch the final four ticket. #ATPCup | #Final8 | #GBRAUS https://t.co/d7doEkPswn

The day's other quarter-final wasn't as close, with Khachanov and Medvedev holding off Pella and Schwartzman in the singles.

Khachanov needed just two sets in the first rubber, dominating Pella with his raw power in the opening set and closing the deal in a more competitive second.

Tennis writer Jose Morgado liked what he saw from the talent:

José Morgado @josemorgado

Karen Khachanov beats Guido Pella 6-2, 7-6(4) to give Russia a 1-0 lead over Argentina in Sydney. Some promising signs for KK, already starting this year much better than 2019... https://t.co/vTpa762XXx

Medvedev seemed on his way to an even easier win in the first set against Schwartzman, but the 27-year-old bounced back in the second, forcing a decider.

Medvedev found the break of serve in the eighth game to book Russia's semi-final spot:

ATPCup @ATPCup

Game, set and Semi-Final! @DaniilMedwed def. Diego Schwartzman 6-4 4-6 6-3 to secure a place in the inaugural #ATPCup Semi-Finals for 🇷🇺 #TeamRussia. #ARGRUS https://t.co/mcO3FSaMp8

The Russians completed their clean sweep in the doubles.

Russia will face the winner of the tie between Serbia and Canada. Australia will take on Belgium or Spain in the other semi-final.

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