Forward of Spain’s ultimate round-robin match on Wednesday towards Japan in Perth, workforce captain Francisco Roig shared his ideas about Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut’s type, in addition to their probabilities to take the title on Saturday.
Having reached the Closing Eight, we will verify that Spain is likely one of the favourites to win the ATP Cup. It will be barely absurd to not recognise it, however we must always nonetheless be prudent.
Simply as we all know that we’re one of many favourites, we’re additionally conscious that one dangerous match will ship us dwelling. In Sydney, when the Closing Eight will get underway, there can be three knockout ties in three days and it’ll tremendously depend upon how the matches go, health and lots of different elements.
Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut are largely liable for this. Up to now, I’d fee them each as excellent. I’ve seen the matches they’ve each performed in, but additionally their coaching classes and all of the work that is happening behind the scenes. I take my hat off to them.
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I truthfully imagine that Bautista Agut has improved leaps and bounds. He has modified considerably and is able to produce some superb outcomes this yr. He nonetheless has the strong tennis that he’s identified for. He provides little or no to his opponents and in addition applies stress when he has to. He’s really an asset.
For his half, Rafa is brimming with vitality and raring to go. He’s in the identical type as final yr, maybe as a result of he has not rested a lot. However at this stage, you possibly can’t have a pre-season. That was earlier than, if you had two months to arrange. These days, these gamers should relaxation. It’s a query of scheduling the intervals of the yr when you must be in high type, much more so for Rafa. He has to organise himself very properly and know when to relaxation and revel in himself. He wants time for his followers. If he’s joyful and taking part in spectacular tennis, it’s troublesome for issues to not go proper.
He hasn’t performed doubles up to now, however he undoubtedly will very quickly. We’ve been pondering that it might be higher if he may avoid wasting vitality, however the thought is for him to play doubles as a result of we will definitely want him to in Sydney.