On Day 1 of the ATP Cup in Sydney, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta coupled two very different approaches to victory to secure Spain’s victory against Chile.

The 33-year-old, ranked two places below Garin, barely broke a sweat in the 6-0, 6-3 win at the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, ensuring Spain won their Group A tie on day one of the season-opening tournament.

“I played a very solid game, good rhythm and good speed,” he said. “I’m very happy because I won my point for the team.”

Bautista Agut, a nine-time ATP Tour champion, was a member of the Nadal-led Spain team that reached the final of the inaugural teams event in 2020, losing to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.

He is the lead singles player this time after 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal opted to play an Australian Open lead-up event in Melbourne instead.

Bautista Agut’s impressive returning anchored his victory as he won 44 per cent of first-serve returns and 65 per cent of second-serve returns. He was also efficient in converting five of seven break point opportunities.

With an 8-2 record at the ATP Cup — including a perfect 6-0 mark as Spain’s No. 2 player in 2020 — Bautista Agut is one of the most successful players in tournament history.

In the other morning tie, Argentina cruised past Georgia with world number 13 Diego Schwartzman annihilating 22nd-ranked Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-2.

His teammate Federico Delbonis enjoyed a memorable tournament debut by thrashing Aleksandre Metreveli by the same score.

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