Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja acknowledged that not having Rafael Nadal at the Davis Cup Finals is a "huge loss" for the Spain Davis Cup cup team. Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, put an end to his season in August due to a persistent foot injury.
"Spain always has a strong team, but not having Rafa is a huge loss," Corretja told EuropaPress. This week, Spain Davis Cup team captain Sergi Bruguera called Nadal the "best player in Davis Cup history."
“It’s true that we had a big advantage," Bruguera said. “If you have Nadal in your team you go straight to being the favourite because he is the best player in the history of the Davis Cup. He’s not here, we cannot think about this.
We continue to have a very strong team. Four players were there in 2019 when we won so they are prepared for this, and now we have a new younger star who is bringing a lot of things to the team”.
The Davis Cup Finals held its inaugural edition in 2019 and back then Nadal led Spain to winning the competition in Madrid.
The Davis Cup Finals didn't take place last year so Spain enter this year's tournament as the defending champions. "I love the Olympic Games; I had a great time in Rio in 2016. Marc Lopez and I won the doubles gold medal, and that made it even better.
I believe it is an amazing experience to be sharing the same place with all the other athletes from all different competitions. I enjoy very much playing the team competitions and love to play for my country. Competing at the Davis Cup Finals in front of the home fans in Madrid was also special," Nadal said after leading Spain to the 2019 Davis Cup Finals title.