Rafael Nadal: 'ATP and Davis Cups need to be combined. That's the only way'


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Rafael Nadal: 'ATP and Davis Cups need to be combined. That's the only way'

Rafael Nadal defeated Borna Gojo in the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. The Spaniard said: "It's not about playing against a player for the first time. It is about playing against a player for the first time and a player who played well, honestly, no? He played well because his serve was huge and it was difficult.

I make two mistakes in the first game when I had the chances for a break. And that's it. Then things became very difficult. Happy to be through in straight sets. The second set I think I played a little bit better than the first.

So have been a positive one." Nadal also spoke about Gojo's potential: "He has a good serve, very good flat shots from the baseline. So he will have a chance to be a good player." Nadal finally said he hopes ATP and Davis Cups will be a joint event: "I don't see two World Cups in one month on our calendar.

That's something that I personally don't see. I cannot talk for the ATP. I cannot talk for other players. But, personally, we have an opportunity to finally have a great competition. It's important, in my opinion, to share efforts between ATP and ITF.

And at the same time, have an important company that is able to work hard to bring this competition to the next level, like Kosmos. So if you're asking my -- I cannot talk for the others -- but my personal opinion is, there is no other way than have only one big, big competition.

ATP, ITF, Kosmos, Davis Cup, World Cup. Doesn't matter the name. I think Davis Cup is the right name because it's part of the history of our sport. And it will be great if we are able to put everything together."