Rafael Nadal and the Spanish team qualified for the semi-finals of the ATP Cup on Friday. In a super-break of the doubles, Spain won the decisive point in Sydney.
With 6-7 (7), 7-5 and 10-7, Nadal and Pablo Carreño Busta were too strong for the Belgian duo Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen. The competition lasted more than two hours.
The doubles had to make the decision because Nadal lost to David Goffin earlier in the day. The number one in the world went down with 6-4 and 7-6 (3).
Roberto Bautista-Agut won the first game earlier in the day. The Spaniard was 6-1 and 6-4 too strong for Kimmer Coppejans.
Spain plays host country Australia in the semi-finals. In the other semi-final, Serbia faces Russia.
Djokovic celebrates the victory over Canada with his countrymen. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Djokovic hits Serbia past Canada
Novak Djokovic qualified with Serbia earlier on Friday to beat Canada. The seventeen-time Grand Slam winner won the decisive point against Canada.
Djokovic fought as the world's number two along Denis Shapovalov, the global number fourteen. It became 4-6, 6-1 and 7-6 (4).
Djokovic's compatriot Dusan Lajovic had previously won against Felix Auger-Aliassime (6-4 and 6-2). The double play, which was also won by Serbia, was then for the statistics.
The ATP Cup is a new country tournament with 24 teams. The Switzerland of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka does not participate. Just like the Netherlands, which did not qualify.
The tennis players are working towards the Australian Open in Australia, which starts on January 20. The qualifications for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year are scheduled for next week.