Rafael Nadal: ‘It is something that has dominated my life’

What a team will Spain assemble for the 2021 Davis Cup Finals. Even without Rafael Nadal, but with Carlos Alcaraz as the great novelty, captain Sergi Bruguera gave the list of players who will play the maximum competition at the national team level in “sport White”. Bruguera revealed the names of the five Spaniards who will compete in the Davis Cup: Pablo Carreño Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano López, Marcel Granollers and Alcaraz. Pablo Carreño, bronze in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and winner of a Davis Cup, heads a team that will defend the title obtained in 2019 in Madrid, the venue that will once again host the semifinals and final of the tournament. Of the quintet selected by Bruguera, only Alcaraz, which is the only novelty with respect to the list of the last edition, has not raised the salad bowl. Feliciano López is the one who has achieved it the most times (5), followed by Granollers (3) and Bautista and Carreño, who achieved their only Davis in 2019. “I consider Roberto our hero, I want to highlight his strength during Davis’ past and value the generosity he had with the team at such a difficult time. His contribution was key, but more importantly, he left us a great lesson in commitment,” said José Manuel Franco, president of the Spanish Higher Sports Council. For his part, the president of the RFET, Miguel Díaz, regretted that they could not count on Rafael Nadal for this edition: In addition, Díaz wanted to remember Rafa Nadal, who will not be part of the team this year: “Unfortunately, we will not be able to count with Rafa, our number one. Hopefully he can be with us for three or four more years in the elite.” Spain is in Group A with the Russian and Ecuador teams. Bruguera’s men will make their debut one day after the inauguration, on November 26, against the South Americans.

Rafa has been out of competitive action since August

Rafael Nadal recently spoke about the influence that the athletes in his own family – and their sporting values – have had on his tennis career. “I was born into a family of many sports references and it is something that has always inspired me,” Nadal was quoted as saying by MARCA. “I do not know how to do anything without always giving my best. It is something that has dominated my life. And what I try is to improve every day.” Rafael Nadal celebrated 17 years of his partnership with KIA at the recent event. The 35-year-old revealed that he first signed for the Korean automobile brand before he even had a drivers’ license, and that he hopes to continue for as long as possible. “(They signed me) when I still didn’t even have a driver’s license and I hope it continues for many more years,” he said.