Spain's Davis Cup team captain Sergi Bruguera spoke about Rafael Nadal leading the team. Bruguera said: "Counting on Rafa is important for us of course. He may not be as happy as possible because he would have loved kept playing in the ATP Finals but he is in a good shape and very motivated for this tournament.
I do not need to motivate a lot my players because they already are. I like this format a lot. It's easy for the players and the crowd. We also have the little advantage of being supported by our crowd. The court is good to play on.
In this format every point matters more. Russia has a very strong team with Khachanov and Rublev while Croatia may not have a big player to replace Marin Cilic in a proper way." Russia's tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev spoke of Daniil Medvedev's withdrawal: "He was one of the youngest and most powerful guys of the team but I do not think his absence influences us a lot.
We are ready to fight with the players we have because we have a great team. I learned he would not play just after his match with Alexander Zverev in London. I spoke several times with him. He felt devastated and not ready to play.
This format helps players to compete in this event and the countries, but I do not think it's the right time to speak about it." Jack Sock said he's excited to be part of the United States team: "My best 10s comes in team environment. We are all close to the new captain Mardy Fish and are super, super stoked he got the job."