With multiple members of the Top 10, led by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, playing in Australia right now, it’s safe to say the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup isn’t lacking for star power.
However, it could be some of the far-less-heralded players that could make the difference in some of the potential outcomes, because while some of the teams might be loaded at the singles positions, several of the squads have a No. 2 whose ranking falls deep down in the triple digits.
Here’s a look at some of the non-household names who’ll be out to punch above their current weight class. (All photos Getty Images)
Viktor Durasovic, Norway
Current Ranking: No. 332
A former top-35-ranked junior and US Open boys’ doubles semifinalist, Durasovic has been making some moves up the pro standings, cracking the top 300 briefly at the end of last year. Though he lost his singles match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. in the opening tie at the ATP Cup, the 22-year-old teamed up with Casper Ruud to knock off Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram in doubles to clinch a 2-1 victory for Norway.
Alexander Cozbinov, Moldova
Current Ranking: No. 818