ATP Cup semi-final: Australia v Spain – live!


Roberto Bautista Agut beats Nick Kyrgios 6-1 6-4 (Spain 1-0 Australia)





Hello everybody and welcome to live game-by-game coverage of the second ATP Cup semi-final between Australia and Spain from Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney. Action gets underway at 6.30pm local time.

As I’m sure you’re aware by now these ties are a best of three affair with two singles rubbers followed by a doubles. The opening singles contest pits Nick Kyrgios against Roberto Bautista Agut. After that Alex de Minaur has the unenviable task of taking on world number one Rafael Nadal. The doubles line-ups are subject to change, so we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

The line-ups are mouth-watering, but the pairings have robbed us of the box office bonanza that Kyrgios v Nadal would have generated. There is famously no love lost between the two.

Both nations arrive in the semis after scraping through nail-biting quarter-finals. Australia’s last gasp victory over GB ignited the tournament and reinforced the value of team tennis to the Australian sporting psyche. Spain also relied on a doubles tiebreak to progress, downing Belgium after Rafael Nadal was upset by David Goffin.

Whoever wins tonight already knows they face Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in Sunday’s decider.

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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal will lead Spain against Australia in the semi-finals of the ATP Cup. Photograph: Ciro de Luca/Reuters