Rafael Nadal suffered a surprising defeat in the quarter-finals of the ATP Cup on Friday. The number one in the world lost 6-4 and 7-6 (3) to David Goffin.
Goffin, the number eleven of the world ranking, had a good answer to the spinning balls of Nadal in Sydney. The Belgian received no less than fourteen breakpoints and used three of them.
Despite the leader's defeat, Spain still has a chance to win in the semi-finals. In the decisive double play, Nadal and Pablo Carreno-Busta take on the Belgian duo Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen later on Friday.
Roberto Bautista-Agut won the first game earlier in the day. The Spaniard was 6-1 and 6-4 too strong for Kimmer Coppejans.
The winner of the two-way match between Spain and Belgium will play in the semi-finals against host country Australia. 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.