In an interview, the Davis Cup Tournament Director Albert Costa commented on what makes this event special. The Spaniard said: "I retired in 2006 and from then I worked on other aspects of tennis. I was the Davis Cup captain, coach, I am the Barcelona Tournament Director.
I was always involved in the world of tennis in different aspects and now as an organizer. I was a Davis Cup player for many years, I won as a player, as a captain, and I really trust this new format, a new event with a world level impact that will change the world of tennis."
What does Davis Cup mean to the crowd? "They head into the game through their feelings. The crowd involvement is for the player and because your country is competing. Playing for your country and team makes this event special.
When you are a player and you lose the following day everything is okay, but when you lose a Davis Cup match and you know that it is having an influence on your teammates and team... There is much more pressure and responsibility when you play representing your country."
Analyzing Spain' chances, Costa added: "Spain did not have an easy group with Russia and Croatia, but playing at home and having the crowd on your side helps. There are many teams who can win, it's an open competition for the people coming from many countries."
Rafael Nadal headlines the event.