Bruguera (2r) and López (2l) at Tuesday's presentation. :: EFE
Countdown begins to Davis Cup clash at Puente Romano

Countdown begins to Davis Cup clash at Puente Romano

Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray have both been ruled out of the matches in Marbella next week through injury

Daryl Finch

Friday, 26 January 2018, 17:35


The teams have been announced and preparations are well under way as Marbella waits to welcome the Davis Cup next week.

The Puente Romano Tennis Club will host the opening round of the competition, a match-up between Spain and Great Britain, from 2 to 4 February.

The Spanish team was announced on Tuesday: Pablo Carreño, David Ferrer, Roberto Bautista, Albert Ramos and Feliciano López form the 'Spanish Armada' - after Rafael Nadal ruled himself out because of an injury he suffered in his quarterfinal defeat to Marin Cilic in the Australian Open last week.

There were few surprises at this selection by new captain Sergi Bruguera. He chose the five highest-ranked Spanish individual players currently available. As for doubles, the omission of Marcel Granollers and Marc López raised a few eyebrows.

Bruguera said, alongside Feliciano López at the presentation: It has been very difficult because everyone wanted to come and everyone is playing at a high level.

One player who is joining the team in training is young sensation Alejandro Davidovich. The junior Wimbledon winner from Marbella, has joined up with the team training camp in Vera, Almeria.

A special competition

With respect Spain's opponent, Bruguera commented: Any knock-out clash in the Davis Cup is going to be difficult - it's a special competition. They have a strong team with Jamie Murray, who has been number one in doubles, as well as Kyle Edmund who is probably the in-form player on the tour.

The rising star, 23, reached the Australian Open semifinals last week week.

Great Britain captain Leon Smith confirmed that Cameron Norrie, Liam Broady, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot would join Edmund for the three-day tie.

British number one Andy Murray misses out as he recovers from hip surgery.

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