Carlos Alcaraz, 18, is proud to be selected for for the Davis Cup Finals and he believes Spain can contend for the title even without Rafael Nadal. Nadal, who led Spain to winning the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in 2019, put an end to his season in August due to a foot injury.
"I'm proud to be part of the Spanish Davis Cup team. There won't be Nadal, but I still think we could fight for the title," Alcaraz said, per Lorenzo Ercoli. Alcaraz has qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals and he is looking forward to competing in Milan.
"Having qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals is very good for me, it means I did great things. I'll go to play against the best players of my age group, I'm ready for that," Alcaraz said.
Nadal thought he made the right decision
Putting an end to his season wasn't easy for Nadal but he is confident that he will recover and put himself in a position to achieve more success.
"After coming back from Toronto, I took a couple of days to think about it. I needed to talk with my family, with my team and with my doctors especially to understand what is going on. But the foot is not the proper way today," Nadal said recently.
"During the past year I was not practising and preparing myself the way that I need to to be competitive at the standards that I want to be, so we had to take that decision. But I am confident that I will recover 100 per cent and I will be able to fight again for the most important things.
"The injury is nothing new. It is the same injury that I have had since 2005. In that moment, the doctors were very negative about my future career, but I was able to have a career that I never dreamed about. So I am confident that I will recover again the foot and if the foot is better, I am confident that my tennis and my mentality will be there again soon."