Rafael Nadal again confirmed his good form as he defeated Uruguayan tennis player Pablo Cuevas in the ATP Cup, losing only three games in total.
In Perth, Australia’s West Coast No. 1 in the world needed just 73 ? to beat ATP 45. This competition is a novelty for the sport, for the formula used, although for the sake of truth in such a format was also presented last November Davis Cup, an activity which Rafa with his Spain is known to have won.
The ATP Cup is a new competition, born out of the initiative of former ATP President Chris Kermode, an event involving 24 representative teams in total. The scheme is clear, 6 teams with 4 teams, from where they qualify directly to the quarter-finals, precisely the 6 teams that rank first, but also the second best two places, with the final ranking in the group phase being determined in based on the number of matches won, the percentage of sets won and finally if necessary the percentage of games will also be calculated.
Spain are in Group B, along with Japan, Georgia and Uruguay, a lightweight and highly favorable draw for the Iberian squad, considering the strength of their opponents in such a group. So after convincingly beating Georgia 3-0 on opening day, where the 33-year-old from Mallorca himself contributed a 6-3, 7-5 triumph to No. 26 Nikoloz Basilashvili, Spain was again represented by the same lineup, with Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista – Agut Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez.
Originally in less than an hour game number 10 in the overall world rankings Roberto Bautista – Agut defeated Montevideo 6-1, 6-2, 19-year-old Montevideo Franco Roncadelli, while Rafael Nadal broke the 6-2, 6-1 rocket. Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas, who three years ago had caused Rafa a very bitter loss, precisely in the semi-final stage of the Rio De Janeiro tournament. The 19-year-old Slam winner closed out the match with 26 assists and 7 assists and played even better than in the first game against Georgian Basilashvili, who put him in a difficult position in the opening challenge of this competition.
Rafa served with more force and only faced an opportunity to break through. Spain will face off against Japan on Wednesday in the closing match of this phase, a duel that will also determine the winning team in Group B. At the moment, Spain are leading with 6 victories in the six matches played, while the team is positioning in the ninth place. second with 5 wins and only 1 loss, however, next meeting Rafael Nadal will face off against No. 72 Yoshihito Nishioka.