Davis Cup team announced

Nadal picked to lead Spain’s Davis Cup team

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was picked Friday to lead Spain against Serbia in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Nadal pulled out of next week’s Dubai Tennis Championships to recuperate from a slight strain to his right leg so that he could be ready for the best-of-five Davis Cup series March 6-8.

Spain captain Alberto Costa also chose David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo. Lopez and Robredo are expected to play doubles.