The Spanish MAPFRE Men's Tennis Team will face Romania at home, on March 4 and 5 of next year, in the Qualifiers tie that will award the place to play the next edition of the Davis Cup Finals 2022. Finally, Spain did not receive an invitation, despite being the current champion of the competition, which today will crown Russia or Croatia.
The draw for pairings was held this Sunday in Madrid, where this year's finals are being held. The two finalists, Russia and Croatia are guaranteed their places, while the other 12 remaining will come out of the Qualifiers, plus two invitations: Serbia and Great Britain.
Spain and Romania have met five times in the Davis Cup (1923, 1967, 1969, 1975 and 2016), with four Spanish victories. Romania currently has its best tennis player in the Top-20 of the doubles ranking: Horia Tecau (No. 17). And as the best individual tennis player he has Marius Copil (No.
276). Romania won this year in World Group I against Portugal 3-1, and subsequently beat Peru 4-0 in the play-off, both heats played at home. France, who together with Spain started as the top favorite in this draw, should not have problems qualifying for another year for the Davis Cup Finals by hosting Ecuador.
Novak Djokovic’s Team Serbia sustained a major setback at Davis Cup 2021. Croatia edged past Serbia to secure their place in the finals of the competition. In the decider match, Serbia registered a poor defeat against Marin Cilic’s team.
Gonzalez praises Novak Djokovic
Fernando Gonzalez expects Novak Djokovic to finish his career with more Major titles and better statistics than his great rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The former World No. 5 believes, though, that there are factors other than records in the debate over who is the greatest player of all time.
“A few years ago, the idea that anyone could win 10 Grand Slams was incredible, but now we have three guys with 20 and it is just amazing,” Gonzalez said. The Chilean asserted, though, that this is not what he feels decides which player is the greatest.
“In terms of the numbers, I’m sure Novak is going to end up with the most Grand Slams and maybe the best statistics, but for me there are other factors when you decide who is the greatest," Gonzalez continued. "Novak is breaking all the records and it looks like he will continue to do that for a number of years."