World No. 1 Rafael Nadal insisted adjusting to the conditions in Sydney wasn't easy but he felt extremely happy when the Spain ATP Cup team made the semifinal at the inaugural event. Spain, who finished Group B in Perth with a perfect 3-0 record, survived a tough Belgium challenge in the quarterfinal in Sydney as they needed a decisive rubber to win the tie.
World No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut put Nadal in a position to close out the tie after beating Kimmer Coppejans but the world No. 1 suffered a shock loss to David Goffin in the second rubber. Luckily for Nadal and Team Spain, the world No.
1 delivered in the deciding rubber as he and Pablo Carreno Busta beat Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen to set up a semifinal meeting against Australia. "Coming from Perth we didn't have a lot of time to adapt and today the conditions were very heavy with humidity.
Playing against David in the singles was a very difficult thing. But we are super happy to be in the semi-finals,” Nadal said, per the ATP Cup. “We're excited to play a very tough one against Australia. We will give our best like we have done all through our careers”.