World No.1 Rafael Nadal gave Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the tie with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili of Team Georgia at the RAC Arena in Perth.
It followed a quick Roberto Bautista victory, 6-0, 6-0 over Aleksandre Metreveli, that set up an unbeatable 2-0 lead ahead of the final doubles clash on Saturday night.
It feels like the 2019 season didn’t end yet, everything is too short. But I’m super, super happy to be here in Perth for the first time in my life. Amazing experience, one of the nicest arenas that I ever played.
It’s a tough first match of the season, of course. Nikoloz is a great player with great victories on tour so yeah not an easy start.
It’s true I had the match under control 6-3 5-2 with a double break but then he played some good games and I had some mistakes.
You have a couple of mistakes against a player like him and you’re in trouble. Luckily I played a good game in the 5-5 game and was able to close the match now.
I love playing for my country, it’s always a big honour to play not just for me and my team – my personal team – but to play for the rest of my friends and the country, it’s an extra motivation.
We had a great experience a few weeks ago winning the Davis Cup in Madrid and now here we are so we’re going to try our best.Rafa Nadal