David Ferrer, current Spanish captain, perhaps wanted to send a message to Carlos Alcaraz, absent in these two matches of his team, talking about his past experience in the Davis Cup and mentioning his countryman Rafael Nadal.
Ferrer explained in the press conference: "My job is to get the best out of those who put in the effort, I can't do much more. This is the calendar and we must accept it. I hope that the best players always go to the national team.
In my time there were Rafael Nadal and I who always accepted the call-up. The same happened to Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez." Nadal himself had opened up the possibility of returning to the court at the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga with the aim of preparing for the new season in the best possible way.
Spain's premature elimination in the group stage will not allow them to follow this path.
Djokovic talked about Alcaraz's choice to skip the Davis Cup
As happened in Italy with Jannik Sinner, in Spain too there was a lot of talk about the absence of Carlos Alcaraz in the Davis Cup.
The young champion from Murcia, after losing in the semifinals against Daniil Medvedev at the US Open, announced that he would not take part in the group stage of the most important team event in tennis.
Carlitos explained on X: "I would have loved to play in the Davis Cup in Valencia, but I have to listen to my body after such a long season.
I need to recover physically and mentally. The calendar demands a lot, I need to regain my strength."
Novak Djokovic, on the eve of Serbia-Spain, tried to justify the choice made by Alcaraz by explaining: "We need to protect the players in these situations.
Naturally many people are disappointed, but it is important to understand each context.
Don't get angry with him and don't forget that last year he played in the Davis Cup despite the victory at the US Open and the very little time available to recover.
I know that he loves playing for Spain and that he will do so many times in his career." Spain lost the first two matches against the Czech Republic and Serbia and abandoned the possibility of playing the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, suffering a tough elimination.