Nadal, Djokovic off to winning starts; Thiem loses

Nadal, Djokovic off to winning starts; Thiem loses

Nadal, Djokovic off to winning starts; Thiem loses

Novak Djokovic was left furious with fans at Pat Rafter Arena in his clash with South African Kevin Anderson.

NICK Kyrgios has taken his feud with Novak Djokovic to weird levels, turning up to Serbia's ATP Cup doubles match against France late on Monday night and reportedly jeering the world No.2.

Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse made it a whitewash when they battled past Garin and Jarry in the doubles 1-6, 6-3, 10-7.

He broke his opponent twice to jump to a 5-2 lead in the second but faced two consecutive breaks on his own serve, levelling the set at 5-5.

During an on-court interview which took place after the match, Nadal said his three decades atop the ATP rankings makes him feel old.

"It was phenomenal. I mean, I didn't expect the Serbs to be honest, so many of them stay all the way through and basically spend a Christmas day with us after midnight, which is wonderful, "said Djokovic". "Thanks to the people for staying to nearly 1am to support us".

Eight of the 24 nations will make the quarter-finals in Sydney from the round robin - six group winners and two best runners up.

With qualifying for the season's first Grand Slam starting on January 14, tournament director Craig Tiley said officials can halt play if smoke poses a danger to players' health.

Earlier, Roberto Bautista Agut beat Franco Roncadelli 6-1, 6-2 and the Spaniards now face Japan, who are also undefeated, tomorrow to determine first place and automatic qualification for the play-offs in Sydney. "It's an unbelievable arena and a great crowd", said Nadal. "It was a very positive victory against an opponent for who I have a lot of respect", said 19-time Grand Slam victor Nadal. "I think very well when I come back from the baseline. I used to be taking part in good so that they instructed me to simply preserve like this and we'll see".

The 33-year-old Spaniard came out on top winning 7-6, 6-3 on that occasion but is expecting a hard match when the pair meet again in Australia.

Oliver Marach and Jürgen Melzer eased past Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni 6-1, 6-4 in the dead doubles rubber to complete Austria's 3-0 victory. In the second round, Keys meets local favorite Samantha Stosur.

Yoshihito Nishioka routed higher-ranked Pablo Cuevas 6-0, 6-1 and veteran Go Soeda thrashed Martin Cuevas, Pablo's younger brother, 6-1, 6-3 before a tighter doubles encounter.

Anderson said the goal was now to win the last round of the group stage to have a chance of reaching the quarterfinals. "We'll bring back our full intensity for our match against France in a couple days time".

Dominic Thiem defeated Diego Schwartzman in straight sets as Austria beat Argentina 3-0 to claim their first win of the inaugural tournament, while Croatia and Japan remain undefeated after 2-1 victories over Poland and Georgia respectively.

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