Nadal, Djokovic Lead ATP Cup Semifinals
by Staff | January 10th, 2020, 7:08 pm
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The final four at the ATP Cup in Sydney gets underway in a few hours. On Friday, favored Spain and Serbia rounded out the semifinals.

Rafael Nadal suffered his first loss falling to David Goffin 6-4, 7-6(3), but the World No. 1 got Spain through partnering with Pablo Carreno Busta to edge Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-7(7), 7-5, 10-7 in the decider to give Spain a tough 2-1 win over Belgium.

“He played a great level of tennis. Doing a lot of things well. And at the same time, for me, it was a little bit under energy, because I was sweating a lot and I lost my energy in the first set,” Nadal said.

“Everybody knows how good David is, and at the same time he’s a great guy so happy for him.”

Nadal also struggled having come from Perth to Sydney in such a short time.

“Coming from Perth we didn’t have a lot of time to adapt and today the conditions were very heavy with humidity. Playing against David in the singles was a very difficult thing. But we are super happy to be in the semi-finals,” Nadal said. “We’re excited to play a very tough one against Australia. We will give our best like we have done all through our careers.”

Spain will now meet host nation Australia who will decide if it’s Nick Kyrgios or Alex De Minaur to face Nadal. Right now they have De Minaur.

“Going to be a big challenge too,” said Nadal of De Minaur. “He’s a great player. Young with a lot of energy.”

The Australians will obviously look to their home crowd for help.

“Obviously it’s going to be a big crowd… We have to use that as much as possible to our advantage,” said Lleyton Hewitt on Friday. “But we’ve got to reset and start again. The boys obviously can come out and use that energy that they got up from yesterday, but we’re going to focus on a totally different team.”

Serbia booked their spot by blanking Canada 3-0. Dusan Lajovic rolled past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2 then Novak Djokovic clinched it squeaking out a thrilling 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over Denis Shapovalov.

“It was an amazing match. One of the closest matches I’ve played against Denis. It was very even match. He played fantastic, very aggressive, served great. We fought both until the last shot,” Djokovic said.

Serbia will now collide with the deep Russians who will put Daniil Medvedev against Djokovic.

“I like to play Novak. The matches with him are something special,” Medvedev said of the challenge. “He’s one of the three best players in history, so of course it was great to beat him a few times, but every match is a new one. Every match is so tough with him and that’s how you progress, so I like to play against these top players.”


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14 Comments for Nadal, Djokovic Lead ATP Cup Semifinals

Andy Mira Says:

Wooohohoho!!….unbelieveable match Novak/Meddy!…..What a treat!…5 star match no doubt!

Spain/Australia guaranteed 5 star too!


Andy Mira Says:

Oppss!…forgot to say…VAMOS RAFA!!


Dave Says:

That was in my top 3 best quality matches for a best of 3 set match I have ever seen. Djokovic was absolutely pushed to produce his peak level and he somehow did. Djokovic and Medvedev in this form are going to be really tough to beat at the AO


Emilia Says:

AM:

VAMOS NOLE – on Sunday!


Andy Mira Says:

Emilia….Hahaha…Vamos Nole!…Why not?👌

Tho Ajde Nole!….Vamos Rafa!! Is okay too!!

Best of luck to both great great great champions!…Hope Rafa will give a fight of his life tonight!Nole in this mood as always…. scares me to death!!….Like M said…EEEEEEEkkk!!!


chrisford1 Says:

I didn’t expect a Rafa-Novak match in the Final because I didn’t think Serbia would beat the Russians.
But I’ll take it!!!
Great way to kick off another year in their great rivalry! Federer will still be around, still be dangerous as well. No Andy, though. And maybe that is a god thing for Andy.
The twilight of the Gods continues.


Wog Boy Says:

The good thing for big 3 is they cannot meet Medvedev before SF, with 4 wins in ATP cup he edged Thiem for #4 ranking.
Good Lord, you just cannot hit through him, particularly in humid Sydney conditions with new permanent roof but no AC, on medium fast court where the balls are fluffed after few hits, the same court is at AO.
Nole surprised Medvedev in the first set with lot of short BH slices Federer style, Medvedev is really uncomfortable at the net or picking up the balls close to the net, but that worked for one set, yet Medvedev was on his toes until the end of the match since Nole kept playing BH short slices more often than usual and Nole was reading his serve well.
Tonight is going to be pretty cold, around 20 degrees and humid, this court loves Rafa spin, only Rafa’s disadvantage is roof since it is sort of indoor atmosphere though roof is elevated with a big gap between roof and stands.
I see Spain winning since they have better bench, Serbia has only Duci Lajovic who deserves all the credit for bringing Serbia to final, his match against Kachanov was master class on the surface that he actually doesn’t like.
As for Nole vs Rafa, slightly advantage to Rafa, Nole is still losing focus and struggles to close the match.


Van Persie Says:

Happy New Year to All!

Wow, did not pay any attention to ATP Cup, did not see any match(silly me) , but what a final we have today!

Spain in advantage, but hope Nole wins his match today.

Nole idemoo!


Van Persie Says:

Ajde Serbia! Give all your best!


Van Persie Says:

Is it 2020? Nole plays like he did in 2014 or 2015 🙂


Alison Hodge Says:

Great rivalry, hmm i suppose if you enjoy a one sided one when your favorite player enjoys the monopoly, whats not to love, disagree there , just want my favorite winning titles, and dont care whom they beat, just me, but each to their own ….


Alison Hodge Says:

Wogboy 17 points clear YNWA :-) XX


Van Persie Says:

Awesome second set!

Good game, Nole!😘


Alison Hodge Says:

Same old, same old :-/

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