Japanese tennis ace Taro Daniel is a fan of the new Davis Cup format as he is looking forward to being a part of the Davis Cup Finals event in November. Daniel, 26, was a part of the Japanese team that edged out China this past week in a Davis Cup qualifying round tie to secure a place in this year's Davis Cup Finals.
Daniel, ranked at No. 69 in the world, played a key part in Japan beating China as he brought two points to his side by beating in reverse singles Ze Zhang and Zhe Li respectively. Former world No. 64 Daniel beat Li in the fifth decisive rubber of the tie 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 to give Japan a 3-2 win over China.
18 nations will feature the inaugural edition of the Davis Cup Finals event, which will take place in Madrid. "It's going to be a party, I always wanted the Davis Cup to be a little more like the World Cup where every team is in the same place," Daniel said of the Davis Cup Finals event, per Davis Cup Madrid Finals Twitter.
Daniel, who debuted in the Davis Cup five years ago, has featured in eight ties so far in his career as he owns a 6-6 singles record in the competition. The 26-year-old has never played in a doubles rubber so far in his career.
Having 2014 US Open runner-up Nishikori available for the Davis Cup Finals would be a big boost to Japan's chances of making a good result at the event.