The Davis Cup is considered to be one of the most prestigious tournaments in tennis competition yet it has sadly lacked in top 10 star power over the decades. The elite competitors are usually more focused on their ATP season and attempting to rest and peak for the right events that could be pivotal to their advancement in the ranks. Considering the lack of monetary gains in the tournament, that could also be a reason why many of the top players shy away from competing in the tournament.
The new Spanish team captain Carlos Moya, who takes over for Alex Corretja at the end of the year, is a former World No. 1 player who won the French Open in 1998. Considering his vast experience in the sport, he is well aware that his team will likely require the support of current-World No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Bio) to increase their chances for success in 2014.
“I know that history has shown the top 10 players tend to miss the opening rounds,” Moya said in a presentation in Madrid on Thursday. ”There’s still time to talk [with Rafa]. He’s immersed in a fight for the top spot in the rankings now but later we’ll talk and see what he has in mind.”
While Nadal has been busy working his way back up the ranks after a knee injury forced him out of the majority of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. The Spaniard won two of the four Grand Slam titles this year, as well as a record-tying five Masters 1000 titles to boost him back in the No. 1 spot last week. While this may be the case, Nadal was back on Spanish soil 4 days after winning the US Open to help the Spanish team secure entry into the World Group stage, with a perfect 5-0 win over Ukraine.
The Spanish team lost an enticing Davis Cup final to Czech Republic in 2011 yet their team suffered a shocking first round upset the following year against Canada. Considering it was mainly injury that kept Nadal off the team in 2012, if he remains poised and healthy heading into the 2014 season, he will likely take part in the Spanish campaign to regain the Davis Cup.
With or without the World No. 1, the Spanish teams still consists of several elite players including David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Tommy Robredo, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco – cementing them as one of strongest and most complete teams in the draw.
“It’s a difficult tie but we are Spain and Spain, right now, is a top world tennis power.” Moya said. “I love the talent we have coming up in our youth system but this is a competition we want to win in 2014.”
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