Team Australia hoped to compensate the earlier lost in the 1st singles game. After John Millman was defeated by Pablo Carreno Busta 2-6, 4-6. They hoped to use their main man Alex De Minaur.
When he goes up against Roberto Bautista Agut. Rather than Rafa Nadal who was ruled out last night over a lower back spasm. Alex fired off well with the first set lead 6-4. Despite a close battle to hang in there towards the end of Stage 1.
But he lost that build up base somewhere in the second portion. As Bautista Agut tied the 2nd set 4-6 for Spain. Where his opponent has earned a reprieve going into the 3rd set. Alex tried everything possible to hold Bautista Agut back. And put himself still in the running to get 7-5. Or lead themselves through a tiebreaker.
It is just too little, too late for De Minaur to give Australia a lifeline they deserve. Even without the star power of Nadal. Although he acted well behind the mouthpiece to give Spain the 2-0 lead. As Bautista Agut def. De Minaur in last 2 sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Spain may have earned the overall match win v Australia. But that does not mean they do not want to end up with a loss in the doubles. And end up with a 3-0 whitewash. Pablo Carreno Busta/Marcel Granollers v John Peers/Luke Saville. With a rest day today before versing Greece tomorrow.
Peers and Saville earned the upper hand to fire off this match for Australia. So not bad with the nice & steady approach going on here. They were unable to find the middle ground having lost the lead 3-4. Before Carreno Busta & Granollers safeguarded the 1st set for Spain 6-4.
Australia has shown some good areas to leave Spain behind initially. Where they lost the lead again 2-3. But did not give up after they tied 4-4 & 5-5 with Spain. In the hope of going into a 3red set for the consolation win. Peers & Saville in the end looked tired with these executions. As Spain cleans the mop here 6-4, 7-5.
Spain on the other hand are leading Group B. They may not had help from Rafa to prepare on the court by himself. But in terms of leadership he is right ahead of Lleyton Hewitt. Rafa is now hoping to get that back spasm away in time tomorrow. Not just warming up for the grand slam next week. He would like to send his country for the semis too.