Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut To Kick-Start Their Training For ATP Cup 2021

Published 01/04/2021, 2:25 PM EST
MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 19: Players of Spain line up for national anthems during Day 2 of the 2019 Davis Cup at La Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The fresh year is brewing with new tournaments right on its brink. For starters, every tennis fan is excited for the tennis-packed Australian Summer. Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut will train for their first event in Melbourne Park – the ATP Cup, starting this Thursday.

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Last year, the two leading men for Spain at the ATP Cup, Rafael and Roberto finished runner-up to Team Serbia. In the finals, it was Nadal was failed against the tennis ace Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Once again, they are ready for the second edition of the national team tournament.  With Nadal, Bautista Agut, and Pablo Carreno Busta from 2020, Marcel Granollers will be a new player added to the team.

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However, the four have together lifted the sixth Davis Cup title for Spain in 2019. And as defending finalist, Team Spain will look to reach one step ahead this year.

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Rafael Nadal will lead Team Spain at the ATP Cup 2021

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 24: (L-R) Marcel Granollers, Feliciano Lopez, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Rafael Nadal pose for a photo as Roberto Bautista Agut lifts the trophy following their victory over Canada during Day Seven of the 2019 Davis Cup at La Caja Magica on November 24, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

According to Marca, the 32-year-old Roberto will join the 20-time Grand Slam winner at the Rafa Nadal Academy. At the venue, they will train as well as plan out their strategy for claiming Melbourne Park.

World No. 2 is a superior team player, and Roberto and he go years back in history. Their understanding and reliance on each other are surely one of their strengths in the game.

Given the postponement of the first Slam, tennis players have received additional time to get themselves ready. Nadal and Roberto are also eyeing to make the most of the situation.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the match point during their final singles match daring day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

In response to constraining the coronavirus outbreak, Tennis Australia has imposed strict regulations. Due to its protocols, players can train with only one player for the first two weeks in Australia.

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Since Nadal has already shortlisted the players to train within Australia, now is the time to train for the ATP Cup. Novak will lead Team Serbia and will be ready to defend the cup.

Previously, the Swiss maestro’s reported comeback was Melbourne Park. However, Craig Tiley confirmed that Roger Federer will not play the Australian Open.

Hopefully, Team Spain will find their ace strategy training at the Academy. For tennis fans, the anticipation behind the February month is growing stronger by day. Let’s wait and watch.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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