Argentina beat Georgia 3-0, while Spain easily accounted for Chile by the same margin in the opening ties of the team-based tournament being played across two Sydney stadiums.
World No. 13 Schwartzman defeated Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-2, after compatriot Federico Delbonis won by the same score against Aleksandre Metreveli to give Argentina an unassailable 2-0 lead from the singles matches.
Roberto Bautista Agut appeared in excellent form as he disposed of Chile’s world No. 17 Cristian Garin 6-0, 6-3 to seal the tie for Spain.
Even without Rafael Nadal, who’s preparation for the Australian Open has been disrupted by a positive test for the coronavirus, Spain showed why they are among the favored teams at the tournament.
“Today was a good start for me, a very solid game, really happy. I like these conditions,” world No. 19 Bautista Agut said.
The other eight teams begin play Sunday: Russia vs. France, Italy vs. Australia, Canada vs. the United States and Germany vs. Britain.