SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal will start his 2020 season on the opposite side of Australia to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer when he leads Spain in a group-stage qualifier in the new ATP Cup team competition.
Spain was drawn into Group B with Japan and Georgia and will play in Perth on Australia’s west coast, where the U.S. team, Daniil Medvedev’s Russia team and Italy will also be competing in Group D.
Nadal collected his 19th major title, moving within one of Federer’s record for men, when he held off Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in a U.S. Open final that lasted nearly five hours. Nadal remained at No. 2 in the rankings, behind Djokovic, and Medvedev moved up to career-best No. 4.
Djokovic’s Serbia squad was drawn into Group A along with France and South Africa in one of two groups based in Brisbane on Australia’s east coast, along with Australia, Germany, Canada and Greece in Group F.
No. 3-ranked Federer’s Swiss team will open in Group C against Belgium and Britain in Sydney, where Group E — containing Austria, Croatia and Argentina — will also be based.