Rafael Nadal gives his Davis Cup Finals spot to the young gun Carlos Alcaraz



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Rafael Nadal gives his Davis Cup Finals spot to the young gun Carlos Alcaraz

Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin will host the second edition of the Davis Cup Finals between November 25 - December 5. Spain will try to defend the title claimed in 2019 in front of their home fans in Madrid, picking Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers, Feliciano Lopez and Carlos Alcaraz to defend the national colors.

The 20-time Major winner Rafael Nadal will not lead the national squad due to an injury. An 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz replaces the legend and makes his Davis Cup debut in front of the partisan crowd at Madrid Arena. Carlos has gained over 1000 places on the ATP ranking list since the start of the season, winning the first ATP title in Umag and reaching the US Open quarter-final.

Carlos would love to embrace his Davis Cup journey in Madrid, and he could get a chance based on his current form and the fact he plays better tennis than Roberto Bautista Agut.

Carlos Alcaraz is in the Spanish Davis Cup Finals squad.

Without Nadal, it will not be easy for Spain to lift the second Davis Cup Finals crown, but they will give their best to prevail in front of the home crowd.

Two years ago, Rafa led Spain in the first edition of the Davis Cup Finals staged in Madrid's Caja Magica. After a rock-solid season, Nadal stood as a true leader of the home squad, winning all eight matches and lifting the trophy with his teammates in a massive celebration.

In the opening rubber against Russia, Rafa overpowered Karen Khachanov in the second singles match to keep his country alive before they claimed the doubles encounter and made a winning start. A day later, Nadal defeated Borna Gojo in singles and stepped on the court with Marcel Granollers in Spain's victory over Croatia that propelled the home nation into the quarters.

Rafa had no room for errors against Argentina in a battle for the last four, toppling Diego Schwartzman and earning another triumph with Granollers to push Spain through. Spain lost the opening rubber against Great Britain in the semi-final, and Nadal stepped in again to deliver two victories and move his country into the final clash against Canada.

Roberto Bautista Agut and Nadal toppled Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime to wrap up a perfect tournament and celebrate the trophy with their supporters in Caja Magica.