In an interview to Marca the France's Davis Cup team captain Sebastian Grosjean spoke about the new team competition format that will be introduced in Madrid next month. Grosjean said: "I say that Spain and not only are the favorites because they have Rafael Nadal, Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez can play singles and doubles...
It's true that they have a complicated group as well as us. But when you have someone like Rafa on your side, you need to be confident." Asked when the French team will head into Madrid, Grosjean added: "The week before, on Tuesday night.
And starting training sessions on Wednesday to adapt ourselves to the altitude. The court will not be a problem because tennis players are coming from a hard court part of the season. It's not about training very hard because it's the end of the season and they are tired."
Asked if he would prefer to see Gael Monfils reaching the ATP Finals in London or have one extra week to prepare ahead of the Davis Cup, Grosjean replied: "Players are used to play week by week so if Gael is in the Masters it will be great because it means he will have a lot of confidence after playing with the best guys and his level will be even higher."
Nadal will probably miss the Rolex Shanghai Masters and will show up again in Paris where last year he did not play due to an injury.