'Others will say that Rafael Nadal', says ATP ace

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'Others will say that Rafael Nadal', says ATP ace

Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin will host the second edition of the Davis Cup Finals between November 25 and December 5. Spain will try to defend the title won in 2019 against its home fans in Madrid, choosing Pablo Carreño Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers, Feliciano López and Carlos Alcaraz to defend the national colors.

20-time Major winner Rafael Nadal will not lead the national team due to injury. An 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz replaces the legend and makes his Davis Cup debut in front of his audience at the Madrid Arena. Carlos has earned more than 1000 spots on the ATP ranking list since the start of the season, winning the first ATP title at Umag and reaching the US Open quarter-finals.

Carlos would love to experience his Davis Cup trip in Madrid, and he might have a shot based on his current form. Without Nadal, it will not be easy for Spain to lift the second crown of the Davis Cup final, but they will do their best to prevail against the home crowd.

Two years ago, Rafa led Spain in the first edition of the Davis Cup Finals played at the Caja Mágica in Madrid. After a rock-solid season, Nadal remained a true home team leader, winning all eight matches and lifting the trophy with his teammates in huge celebration.

In the opening match against Russia, Rafa beat Karen Khachanov in the second singles match to keep his country alive before they claimed the doubles match and started with victory.

Verdasco praises Rafa Nadal

Fernando Verdasco recently said Rafael Nadal is the toughest opponent he has faced in his entire career, while joking about how dominant he has been at Roland Garros.

"Being at 100% at all times, I think Rafa demands one more step from you, both physically and mentally," Verdasco said. Verdasco then went on to talk about the comments he often heard during the peak of his career, which suggested that he was a more talented player than Nadal.

According to the 37-year-old, Spain has had so many good players over the years that there are many different perspectives on who is the most gifted of all. "I imagine this will depend a lot on who says it, others will say that Feliciano (Lopez) has more talent, others will say that Rafael Nadal," Verdasco said.

"In Spain we have had the great luck of having several generations with brutal talent; if you listen to foreigners talking about us you will see that they tend to define us as gladiators, as physically tough guys."