Spain Davis Cup team captain Sergi Bruguera is disappointed over not having Rafael Nadal available as he says the Spaniard is "the best player in Davis Cup history." Nadal, 35, led Spain to five Davis Cup titles and he owns an outstanding 29-1 record in singles in the competition.
In the absence of Nadal, Spain will be represented at the Davis Cup FInals by Pablo Carreno Busta, Carlos Alcaraz, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers. “It’s true that we had a big advantage," Bruguera said on Tuesday.
“If you have Nadal in your team you go straight to being the favourite because he is the best player in the history of the Davis Cup. He’s not here, we cannot think about this. We continue to have a very strong team.
Four players were there in 2019 when we won so they are prepared for this, and now we have a new younger star who is bringing a lot of things to the team”.
Nadal was also praised by Casper Ruud
Bruguera wasn't the only to speak highly of Nadal as Ruud did the same at the ATP Finals.
"I think his whole character is inspiring. He's very, very competitive. Doesn't matter if it's tennis, golf, he's a very competiitve guy. Somewhat he has two personalities, one on the court where he is the fiercerul, a tough guy that plays with a lot of intensity.
You will always see him being nice and respectul to his opponents. Then you have him off the court where is a very, very normal, a very nice guy. Always says hi," Ruud said of Nadal. "Whenever he is around Mallorca in the academy, everyone treats him like a normal person because they're kind of used to him there.
I think he enjoys that. I probably would if I was in his position. It's nice to see he's a very, very normal guy at least in the circumstances when he's at home in Mallorca."