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Roberto Bautista Agut, currently ranked 9th in the world, defeated the 679th-ranked Aleksandre Metreveli from Georgia.

Metreveli achieved his highest ranking of 264th on 6 June 2016. His grandfather, Alex Metreveli, is a former World No. 9 who beat Jimmy Connors en route to 1973 Wimbledon final.

Metreveli did show some great defense in rallies, mainly at the beginning of the match, which provided him several opportunities to put himself on the board. However, the superior consistency and experience allowed the Spaniard to win 12 games in a row and got Team Spain a 1-0 lead.

Nadal vs Basilashvili due up.
 

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Damn.

Spain can beat any other team, but countries with only one decent player (Georgia, Moldova, Greece etc.) have almost no chance of doing something at this tournament. I don't really like the format.
This result tells you exactly why the ATP Cup has a dumb format.
There are too many teams for a start, should be no more than 12-16 max. Tennis simply doesn't have enough depth across the board to stage a competitive tournament involving 24 nations in this kind of format.
 

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Georgia has nothing to do here, it is just pathetic to see some nations here like Uruguay, Georgia, or Moldavia.
And when Norway beats USA, you really wonder if players care about this event. There are just here for the preparation of the AO, the money and maybe for some the points. The tournament should have been limited to 16 teams, with 4 groups of 4, and the best 2 teams of each group to qualify for the QF. The results of this event are meaningless to me.
 

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Georgia has nothing to do here, it is just pathetic to see some nations here like Uruguay, Georgia, or Moldavia.
And when Norway beats USA, you really wonder if players care about this event. There are just here for the preparation of the AO, the money and maybe for some the points. The tournament should have been limited to 16 teams, with 4 groups of 4, and the best 2 teams of each group to qualify for the QF. The results of this event are meaningless to me.
yeah. im only watching it because of david. there are some players like fognini who were totally honest in what they think of this thing. you can understand why lower ranked players would like it

but norway beating the US was brilliant. with fognini admittedly not giving a fuck there's a chance they could take down italy too. it would be a story
 

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There are too many teams for a start, should be no more than 12-16 max. Tennis simply doesn't have enough depth across the board to stage a competitive tournament involving 24 nations in this kind of format.
More than the total number of teams (Portugal Czech Republik Sweden Kazakhstan Korea or Slovakia could have been far better opponents) problem is the way teams are selected.

In that field, DC was far more efficient with structured qualies.

Of course it would have been a shame when Tsitsipas could not enter (because of ATP points) but Greece Moldova Georgia or Uruguay may have a top 30 player but are not Tennis Nations in years 2010ish.
 
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