Spain defends the Davis Cup without Nadal or Bautista

  • Sergi Bruguera loses the two players with whom he conquered the last salad bowl in 2019

Without Rafael Nadal and with the low at the last minute of Roberto Bautista, Spain begins this Friday the defense of the Davis Cup won in 2019 for the sixth time.

After the covid pandemic forced the suspension last year of the centennial competition, redesigned by Cosmos and the International Tennis Federation (FIT), Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin raise the curtains this Thursday as headquarters of the Davis Cup Finals.

If the absence of Nadal was already assumed for a long time, that of Bautista, injured in the abs in training in Madrid “it is a hard blow but it will have to be overcome,” he stressed this Wednesday Sergi Bruguera. “Roberto is a very important player who adds and contributes a lot to the team,” said the Spanish captain, recalling when in the previous edition the tennis player returned to play the final against Canada, only 24 hours after burying his father.

Alcaraz, new air

The Spanish captain has recovered Albert Ramos to replace Bautista and joined the team with Pablo Carreño, as number 1; with Feliciano lopez and Marcel Granollers, in addition to the revelation of the year, Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image, which will debut with Spain. “He is prepared to play and do well like everyone else here. He has had a great season and gives us a new look & rdquor ;, assesses the Catalan coach, double champion of Roland Garros.

“When Bruguera called me, I didn’t believe it. I want to play and I feel ready to do so. This season I have learned a lot, even from the poor results & rdquor ;, said the 18-year-old tennis player from Murcia, now 32 from the world.

Spain will debut on Friday (4:00 pm) against Ecuador, a team that qualified by eliminating Japan and that has Emilio Gómez, son of Andrés Gómez, former Roland Garros champion, as the best player (149 world).

It will be a placid premiere for a group where the great rival will be the powerful Russia with Daniil Medvedev (2 worldwide), Andrey Rublev (5), Aslan Karatsev (18) and Karen Khachanov (29).

Russia favorite

The Russian team is presented as a great favorite and is together with Serbia, with Novak Djokovic (1) at the frente, and Italy with Jannik Sinner (10), the only teams with ‘top ten’ players after the Italian has also fallen from their teams due to injuries in recent days Mateo Berrettini (7), Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime (11 and Denis Shapovalov (14), among others.

Some casualties that do not help the company Gerard Piqué and the international federation to reactivate the competition, which in its first edition had Millionaires loses, which also seeks, with the creation of the three venues, to distribute the costs, and improve the schedules of the matches, which were highly criticized by the players in 2019.

No audience in Austria

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Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin, where the last Masters were played, will host the 18 participating countries in the group and quarter stages, which will include the four teams that will play the semifinals (December 3 and 4) and the final at the Madrid Arena (December 5), with a capacity for 9,135 spectators, an installation that replaces the Caja Mágica, where it was played in 2019.

At the headquarters in Innsbruck, where he plays Djokovic, the covid will force to play the qualifying rounds without an audience in the stands due to the confinement of the country decreed by the Austrian government.

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