Per Spain ATP Cup captain Francisco Roig, the goal was to have RafaelNadal as fresh as possible for the knockout stage as the world No. 1 will play doubles for his side in Sydney. As expected, Spain cruised past Group B in Perth as they won each of their three ties to finish on top and reach the quarterfinal, which will be held in Sydney.
Nadal, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, delivered for his side in Perth as he won each of his three singles matches to help Spain secure a quarterfinal berth. "He hasn’t played doubles so far, but he undoubtedly will very soon.
We’ve been thinking that it would be better if he could save some energy, but the idea is for him to play doubles because we will certainly need him to in Sydney," Roig said in his contribution for the ATP Cup.
Nadal, 33, played a key role in Spain winning the inaugural Davis Cup Finals this past November as the 33-year-old was delivering in both singles and doubles rubber.