Rafael Nadal comeback seals an ATP Cup final spot for Spain – and clash with Novak Djokovic
Despite a spirited fight from Alex De Minaur, Rafael Nadal has sealed Spain’s place in the ATP Cup Final against Serbia.
The Australian number one Alex De Minaur got off to a great start, breaking Nadal’s serve in the opening game to take an early 2 – 0 lead at the Ken Rosewood Arena.
Producing some fantastic tennis, De Minaur, backed by an exuberant Sydney crowd, took the first set 6 – 4 and looked in control of the match.
Both men held their serve through a tense second set, but it was Rafael Nadal who made the most of his first break point opportunity of the match, taking the second set 7 -5.
Unfortunately for Australia, this was the turning point of the contest with Nadal taking the first three games of the final set.
Despite one break of Nadal’s serve, the anti-climatic third set saw the Spaniard win 6 – 1.
The result sets up a gripping clash of World number one Rafael Nadal v World number two Novak Djokovich Serbia in Sunday’s final.
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