Spain Davis Cup team captain Sergi Bruguera believes Spain could do well at the Davis Cup Finals even without Rafael Nadal as he insists the players he nominated are all in great spirits and determined to give their best.
Spain suffered a major blow when Nadal put an end to his season in August due to a foot injury. Spain will be represented by Carlos Alcaraz, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez.
“Everyone is really looking forward to it. All the players I have selected are in good shape and ready to give their all. I cannot deny that playing at home is a real advantage, it gives us a lot because during this type of competition the public is an important factor which can be decisive," Bruguera said, as quoted on We Love Tennis.
Lopez admitted it would be easier with Nadal
"We have a very complete team, but obviously we will not have Rafa, who last time played singles and doubles. Without him, the chances are much lower. Alcaraz will make his debut and he can beat anyone, Roberto and Pablo are established players and we have options in the doubles.
It is a complete team but with Rafa it would be different story," Lopez said in October. In 2019, Nadal led Spain to winning the inaugural Davis Cup Finals. "I love the Olympic Games; I had a great time in Rio in 2016.
Marc Lopez and I won the doubles gold medal, and that made it even better. I believe it is an amazing experience to be sharing the same place with all the other athletes from all different competitions. I enjoy very much playing the team competitions and love to play for my country.
Competing at the Davis Cup Finals in front of the home fans in Madrid was also special," Nadal said after leading Spain to the 2019 Davis Cup Finals title.