Rafeal Nadal lose but Spain advances in ATP Cup


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World number one Rafael Nadal was dealt a shocking defeat at the hands of David Goffin in the singles event at the ongoing ATP Cup. Goffin beat Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to make it 1-1 between Spain and Belgium after Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Kimmer Coppejans 6-1 6-4.

Nadal teamed up with Pablo Carreno Busta to beat the duo of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-7 (7-9) 7-5 10-7 in the decisive doubles to set up a tie against the hosts Australia.

“The conditions have been very heavy, and to play a big player like David in the singles and then the doubles was tough,” Nadal said.

“Belgium have had a great week but we are just pleased to be in the semi-finals.”

Earlier, Serbia beat Canada 3-0 to set up a semi-final meeting with Russia.

World number 2 Novak Djokovic overcame the challenge of Canada’s David Shapovalov to give Serbia a 2-0 lead. Serbia also won their doubles event.

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