ATP CUP 2020: Team Spain dash into final eight owing to Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut

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ATP 2020 Yoshihito Nishioka vs Rafael Nadal Highlights – Rafael Nadal who had a rather straightforward run at the ATP CUP 2020 so far, was made to work hard for his contest against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka. The World No.1 was challenged diligently in the first set when the 24-year-old Japanese broke twice to create significant problems for Nadal.

atp 2020 yoshihito nishioka vs rafael nadal highlights

After enduring a lot of pressure and sprinting hard, back and forth under the sun, Nadal was finally able to outplay Nishioka 7-6(4), 6-4.

ATP 2020 Yoshihito Nishioka vs Rafael Nadal Highlights

A confident Yoshihito Nishioka was pretty excited for his contest against the 19-time Grand Slam Champion. His phenomenal display of tennis put Nadal under a lot of pressure. The Japanese left-hander broke serve twice in the first set, once at 2-2 and then again at 4-4. Even the hugely Spanish fans at the RAC arena were forced to appreciate the diligence and pure class of the World No. 72. An extremely hard dog fight between the two contenders went to the tie break after Nadal won 8 straight points. Even in the tie break, Nadal was under a lot of pressure and both the players sprinted across their courts. Nadal won 4 of the first 5 tie-breaker points before finally clinching the first set in about 1 hour 6 minutes.

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ATP 2020 Yoshihito Nishioka vs Rafael Nadal Highlights – The second set witnessed the underestimated Nishioka win the applause of the largely Spanish crowd. He saved one breakpoint at 2-2. The World No.1 upped his game and took a 5-4 lead with his dominating forehand before finally clinching the second set to win the 128-minute game.

After the game, Nadal acknowledged the beauty of Nishioka’s game and realized how hard he had to fight till the end to win. He was actually happy to beat a player who had started his season with very comfortable wins over two great players. He considered his victory to be very positive for him and his team. He also said that his team will then head to Sydney with the very high confidence of an unbeaten tie.

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ATP 2020 Yoshihito Nishioka vs Rafael Nadal Highlights – Earlier in the first singles match, Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Japan’s Go Soeda 6-2, 6-4 to continue his unbeaten form in the ATP Tour Season 2020. In the doubles tie, Pablo Carreno Busta and Nadal beat their Japanese counterparts, Ben McLachlan and, Go Soeda 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-6 in a 115-minute long match after recovering from 3/6 in the tiebreaker round.

Team Spain, consisting of captain Francisco Roig, Nadal, Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Feliciano Lopez will now head to Sydney where they will meet their opponent on Friday.

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