Following US Open exit, Rafael Nadal to lead Spanish Davis Cup charge against India

Rafael Nadal has been named in Spain’s Davis Cup team to play India in their world group play-off tie in New Delhi on September 16-18.
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, waves to fans after losing to Lucas Pouille, of France, during the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday, September 4, 2016, in New York. Alex Brandon / AP Photo
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, waves to fans after losing to Lucas Pouille, of France, during the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday, September 4, 2016, in New York. Alex Brandon / AP Photo

Rafael Nadal has been named to Spain’s Davis Cup team to play India in their world group play-off tie in New Delhi on September 16-18.

Fifth-ranked Nadal, who was upset by France’s Lucas Pouille in the US Open on Sunday, will be joined by 13th-ranked David Ferrer for singles duty with Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez slated for doubles.

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“The return to the team of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer is the big news of the Spanish team which will travel to India for the play-off,” the Spanish tennis federation announced on Tuesday.

Nadal added the Olympic doubles gold to his 2008 singles crown last month after being forced out of Roland Garros and Wimbledon because of a wrist injury.

The 30-year-old Spaniard, a 14-time grand slam champion, suffered a shock 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 fourth-round exit in the US Open to Pouille, 22.

His early elimination, however, boosted his chances of a return for Davis Cup duty for the five-time champions against three-time runners-up India.

It will be the first meeting between the two countries since 1965.

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Published: September 6, 2016 04:00 AM

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