The Spanish Davis Cup team will not be able to count on Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz in the challenge of reaching the semifinals of the historic team event against Croatia. The current world number one was forced to end his 2022 season prematurely and was unable to even participate in the ATP Finals in Turin.
The injury sustained at the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 turned out to be more serious than expected: instrumental examinations revealed an oblique tear in the left abdominal wall. Nadal, for his part, explained that he was not competitive at this part of the season and that he preferred not to play in the Davis Cup.
"The captain knew that he would not be an asset this year because of everything I went through last season and, above all, because of what happened in the last five months. He would not have been able to give my best. And, when he represents my country, I have to do it with passion and total confidence; like I did in Madrid in 2019", said the Mallorcan at the last press conference held in Turin.
Spain will have Pablo Carreño Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut in singles. The 31-year-old from Gijón is eager to jump on the track and be the Spanish number one. "It's nice to be number one in the Spanish team.
Of course, I would prefer to be number two or three, because with Nadal and Alcaraz we would be stronger," Carreño Busta confessed at a press conference. "I'm ready to be number one. Roberto and I have played a lot of qualifying matches in recent years.
This way we can have a good tournament and, why not, win like in 2019.
Roddick comments on Nadal
In light of a debate among experts, one of Rafael Nadal's fans took to social media to confront former World No. 1, Andy Roddick.
"Jim Courier chose Rafa for 22 GS & on top w/ 2 GS 2 ATPs despite the odds for the best player of 2022. Andy said “you’re not gonna find a Rafan in me” & chose Alcaraz. Andy, I understand you got beaten by 18 y/o Rafa in your prime.
Must be tough to take," the fan wrote. "The words were actually, “You won’t find a bigger Rafa fan than me." I’ve been saying all week I’d take Rafa's two Slams over anyone else’s year. But ok," Andy Roddick replied.