Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut will spearhead Spain’s charge at the ATP Cup 2021. The duo will begin their practice for the same, starting from Thursday. Last year, Team Spain were defeated by Serbia in the finals as Rafael Nadal failed to defeat his rival, Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal, Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta will compete again at the ATP Cup, whereas Marcel Granollers is the latest addition to the team. The four had lifted Spain’s sixth Davis Cup title in 2019 and will look to claim their first ever ATP Cup in February.
According to Marca, Bautista Agut will join Rafael Nadal at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca to kickstart their practice for the ATP Cup 2021.
Rafael Nadal to lead Team Spain
Rafael Nadal will lead Team Spain in the ATP Cup, and will be up against the Serbian team, who are led by the world number one ranked player, Novak Djokovic. Rafael Nadal and Agut will practice together at the Rafa Nadal Academy to devise their strategies for the ATP Cup. At the venue, they will also train for the all-important Australian Open 2021 that commences just three days after the conclusion of the ATP Cup.
Tennis Australia has imposed strict regulations regarding the training of players in lead-up to the Australian Open 2021. In the first week of quarantine, players will be allowed tp train with just one other play and they can train alongside three other players, from the second week. Hence, it will be necessary for Rafael Nadal and Team Spain to get their strategy right before they arrive in Australia by mid-January.