‘Without Rafael Nadal, the chances are much lower’, says ATP ace

The Davis Cup is the oldest and most famous team event in the world of tennis. The crisis of recent years and the requests of numerous players have led to a controversial and controversial revolution in the historic format, propitiated above all by the investment of Kosmos. In this way, an attempt was made to reduce the number of weeks in which tennis players have to travel around the world in the service of their respective national teams. The 2021 edition will take place from 25 November to 5 December and the event will be distributed in three cities (Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin). The defending champions of Spain will try to defend the title they won in 2019. The absence of Rafael Nadal, still struggling with a foot injury, significantly reduces the chances of the Iberian selection. Sergi Bruguera has chosen to call up Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut and Carlos Alcaraz for the singles and the couple Marcel Granollers-Feliciano Lopez for the doubles. The latter – who also plays the role of director of the Mutua Madrid Open – was interviewed by the ‘Radio Estadio Noche’ program about Davis.

Feliciano Lopez on Rafa Nadal

“We have a very complete team, but obviously we will not have Rafael Nadal, who last time played singles and doubles. Without him, the chances are much lower. Alcaraz will make his debut and has options to beat anyone, Roberto and Pablo are established players and we maintain options in the doubles. It is a complete team but with Rafa it would be another story,” Feliciano Lopez said. In addition, he confirmed that he scored in the doubles of the ATP 500 in Vienna to reach Davis on pace. “I am playing doubles with (Stefanos) Tsitsipas. It serves me a lot and gives me the opportunity to play with one of the best tennis players in the world,” he said. Making a successful comeback once again won’t be easy for the 20-time major champion but there have been instances in the past where Nadal bounced back from injury and ended up having successful runs on the ATP tour. However, the 2022 ATP season has already hooked the attention of tennis fans, especially at majors as the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Matteo Berrettini have shown their mettle at slams this year and will be eagerly waiting for the chance to wrap their hands around all the four majors next year. Amidst the stiff competition from youngsters, it’s an uphill task for Nadal to stage an epic comeback at the Australian Open but one can expect the Spaniard to grow from strength to strength and be fully fit to win his beloved French Open.