Rafael Nadal: Novak Djokovic likes to play in Australia and Serbia has great team


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Rafael Nadal: Novak Djokovic likes to play in Australia and Serbia has great team

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal admits it won't be easy against Serbia but insists the Spain ATP Cup team will be ready for the occasions. Nadal, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, came from a set down to beat rising Australian star Alex de Minaur 4-6 7-5 6-1 in the second rubber of the Spain - Australia ATP Cup semifinal tie.

In the opening rubber of the tie, world No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut saw off Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-1 6-4 to put Nadal in a position to close out the tie against de Minaur. Meanwhile, Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Dusan Lajovic delivered against Russia as the two claimed singles wins over Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov, respectively.

Nadal, 33, and 32-year-old Djokovic are set for another blockbuster clash as the Serb leads the head-to-head between the two 28-26. "It's going to be a super tough final against Serbia," Nadal said, per the ATP Cup.

"Novak likes to play here and Serbia has a great team and is playing very well. But Roberto played an amazing match this afternoon and we have a good team, so we are ready for it."