"This is what I think of you", he said to the camera.
A few weeks after leading Spain to the Davis Cup title, the traditional men's team event, Nadal does his best to try again at the ATP Cup, the latest in worldwide team competition. The quarterfinals of the inaugural 24-team event begin Thursday in Sydney, with the six group winners and the top two second-place teams advancing.
With Pat Rafter Arena packed with flag-waving, chanting Serbs, the atmosphere for the deciding doubles encounter was like a compact soccer stadium.
"It was phenomenal. I mean, I didn't expect the Serbs to be honest, so many of them stay all the way through and basically spend a Christmas day with us after midnight, which is unbelievable, "said Djokovic".
"So it's going to be a big challenge and I hope to be ready to play at the level that I need to be successful".
Serbia, now 1-0, is mixed with France, Chile and South Africa in the Brisbane A group. Bautista Agut had been less than an hour to get to the game in his favor and to have to decide: 6-1, 6-2. I played a very solid match, my serve worked better than on day one, "said Nadal".
Djokovic, eyeing an eighth Australian Open title later this month, was impressive in a 6-3 6-2 win over world No.9 Gael Monfils in his singles tie on Monday night. "And also he knows that I'm not going to be on his match, obviously", said Coric, who overcame Cilic as the country's No. 1 singles player a year ago.
"It was definitely one of the most humid conditions that I have ever had in my career". He's a great fighter and a good friend of mine. World number four Dominic Thiem also bounced back from his season-opening loss against Borna Coric by defeating Diego Schwartzman 6-3 7-6 (3) to help set up a 3-0 win for Austria over against Argentina.
It kept Austria alive in group E after it lost its opening band with Croatia.
"We have maximum respect for all the players of Uruguay, knowing Pablo is a good player".
Former world number five Anderson clinched the tie by beating Cristian Garin 6-0, 6-3 after Lloyd Harris's comfortable win over Nicolas Jarry.
"I think the last stage we have to conquer is the Grand Slam stage, and I really think we'll see a new Grand Slam champion". "Because it's a team competition, you're always kind of finding that additional energy and strength and motivation that is probably always different in individual tournaments, because it's all about you", Djokovic said. I honestly didn't know what to expect, if I'm going to play good or not.
Japan followed up its 3-0 sweep against Uruguay with its win over Georgia.