Rare for Nadal to lose for team Spain in this format. He’s been virtually unbeatable in his country’s colors.
I woke to see him down a set and a break, and even down break points at 2-4. He pulled his way out of that and got the set to a TB. Goffin’s very aggressive approach in this match was able to sustain the early momentum, and along with some gifts from the Spaniard close-out the match pretty convincingly at 7-3 in the TB.
We’ll assume Nadal will play doubles next to help get Spain through to the SF, where Australia awaits the winner here.