- Third day: Nothing suffers before Nishioka to put Spain in quarters
Spain-Belgium, Serbia-Canada, Russia-Argentina and Great Britain-Austria will be the quarterfinal matches of the ATP Cup, the new team competition that brings together 24 countries on Australian soil, after the last day of the phase of groups that have been played this Wednesday.
In Group B, Spain was confirmed as the best team of the entire first phase after a new 3-0, this time against Japan, and now moves to Sydney, where the quarterfinals will be played in full at Ken Rosewall Sand. His tie is scheduled for Friday from 7.30 (Spanish time), when he will meet with Belgium, a team that has passed as the best second of the entire competition after beating Moldova and Bulgaria and losing to Britain.
The Roberto Bautista and Steve Darcis tie will open and then the number one match between Rafa Nadal and David Goffin , eleventh in the world ranking, will be played. Finally, at the point of doubles Belgium will presumably align Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who have formed a partner throughout the tournament, while Francis Roig, captain of Spain, will choose between Nadal himself, Feliciano López and Pablo Carreño. The winner of this tie will play the semifinals on Saturday against host Australia or Britain .
Serbia, without failure
On the other side of the table, Canada passed as the second best -from the Australian group- and will challenge Novak Djokovic's Serbia, another team that has completed an impeccable first phase (3-0). The victory of the world number two over Cristian Garín (6-3, 6-3) and Dusan Lajovic against Nicolas Jarry (6-2, 7-6) made the point of doubles that the Chileans took inconsequential.
Much more fought was the classification of Argentina, which had to wait until the 'super tie-break' of their last game against Croatia . Finally, the triumph of Máximo González and Andrés Molteni over Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic (3-6, 6-3, 10-2) joined the Guido Pella against Marin Cilic (7-6, 6-3) and Diego Schwartzman on Borna Coric (6-2, 6-2) so that the albiceleste could celebrate its classification. In contrast, the Croatians said goodbye to the tournament like France, Japan, Chile, South Africa, Georgia, Uruguay, Austria and Poland.
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