Davis Cup is priority for Nadal

Photo by Paul Zimmer

Photo by Paul Zimmer

Article about Rafa’s love of Davis Cup – including an audio interview clip.

Although Nadal played in the 2004 Final, he was also present at Spain’s first Davis Cup triumph. The location was the same as this year – Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona – and the future world No. 1, then aged just 14, carried his nation’s flag.

“I was there in 2000 when they won. I had the flag, but this year I hope I will be there playing,” said Nadal. “It’s always an advantage to play at home but the Czechs are very good players on clay too.”

Nadal’s debut for Spain, back in 2004, was coincidentally against Czech Republic. Having lost the opening rubber, the only singles defeat of his Davis Cup career, he bounced back to defeat Radek Stepanek in the deciding fifth match.

“It was against the Czechs that I played my first time in Davis Cup so to play against the Czechs at home is going to be special,” said Nadal. “They have a very good team, good doubles, very good two singles. Every point is going to be very difficult.”

5 Responses

  1. elyo says:

    well i am not from spain if to win davis cup indeed make him happy….i will support spain but i dont want to see any nightmare again rafa puts so much value on this it is dangerous if spain wont win he will be dissapointed…anyway if that happens GODFORBID it shouldt happen because rafa is the one who comes up short ON CLAY….i dont even want to think abaut that scenerio…..

  2. Atch2 says:

    How cool is it that Albert Costa and Ferrero will be there together again, 9 yrs later. Rafa with a racket rather than a flag to carry.

  3. mary says:

    Maybe this is where he will finally get the monkey off his back. He’ll find his mojo & get the crowd support 200%.

    • dutchgirl says:

      That’s what I’m hoping for as well. (I’m supposed to be working at home right now, but I couldn’t resist to take a quick look here…)

  4. Carol says:

    I think I’m looking forward to this more than the ATP Final, to be honest.

    Come on Rafa, Nando, Feli, David, Juan Carlos… VAMOS España!!