Australia ATP Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt thought Alex de Minaur performed extremely well against the Rafael Nadal at the ATP Cup but in the key moments of the match the Spaniard showed why he is the world No. 1. After Nick Kyrgios lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening rubber of the Australia and Spain semifinal tie, the pressure was on 20-year-old de Minaur to deliver against Nadal and force a deciding rubber.
De Minaur, ranked at No. 18 in the world, was two games away from beating Nadal but couldn't come up with the big shots in the key moments as the Spaniard claimed a 4-6 7-5 6-1 comeback win. The Australian was 6-4 5-5 up before 19-time Grand Slam champion claimed three breaks and won six games in a row to completely turn the things around.
"I thought Demon for two sets was unreal. He took it to Rafa, probably the better player for nearly the full two sets until he got broken there at the end of the second,” Hewitt said, per the AAP. “But Rafa, some of the shots he came up with when he was under pressure and backed himself, that’s why he’s one of the greatest ever."