When Rafael Nadal is on the court, anyone can hardly stand in front of him as a competition but in his press conference today, he said that their team is not going to take the hosts of Davis Cup lightly. From the Indian team, Leander Paes, Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan would be facing Rafael Nadal who is a winner of 14 grand slams and David Ferrer who is currently at the world ranking of 13.

A file photo of Nadal from the previous Davis Cup match.
A file photo of Nadal from the previous Davis Cup match.

India got a new of shock when Rohan Bopanna had to withdraw his name from the tournament due to an injury. Considering this, the major responsibility will be beholden by Paes as the other places are relatively inexperienced.

In spite of having an upper hand, Nadal still said, “It is always difficult to play someone in front of his home crowd. The conditions are dangerous. The Davis Cup is always a special thing. In the past we lost a couple of confrontations that we were favourites and we were in a good position to win. So we have maximum respect for all our opponents.”

Talking about their strong team, Nadal said, “We have a good team. We have a team that really wants to be here and give their best. I think that a team like Spain should be in the World Group and that is why we are here.”

Nadal has been playing Davis Cup since he was 17 years old and after having a tough time due to injuries in past few weeks, he said that he is happy to be back and believes that representing the country in such a prestigious tournament is always overwhelming.

Davis cup starts this month from 16 th September where male tennis players of various countries compete with each other to win the title. Considering the current conditions, Spain has come with a very strong team and their chances of making it to the world group will increase.


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