Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia underlined that playing against Rafael Nadal was "physically very demanding" but he enjoyed competing against the world No. 1 at the ATP Cup. Basilashvili, who had to beat Nadal in order to force a deciding rubber, put up a solid effort but still it wasn't enough as the Spaniard won 6-3 7-5.
"I think I was okay physically at the end of the first set, and then I got cramps a bit at the start of the second set," Basilashvili said, per the ATP Cup. "In general, I think it was a good match. I really enjoyed it and the court is really nice atmosphere here.
Today, I can say many positive things, but obviously playing with Rafa is physically very demanding. I had to put in 100 per cent, and some moments in the beginning of second set I start cramping, but then somehow I recovered a little bit."
Basilashvili broke Nadal in the opening game of the match but failed to hold on to his serve as the Spaniard claimed two breaks to recover from an early deficit and win the first set. Basilashvili appeared to be done after falling down by a double break in the second but the Georgian then claimed back-to-back breaks and won three games in a row to make it all tied five games apiece.
After working his way back into the match, the Georgian disappointingly won only two points in the last two games as Nadal managed to get the job done in two sets.