DC: The draw (and interview)

Photo by Dansk Tennis Forbund

Photo by Dansk Tennis Forbund

The draw for the Spain/Denmark relegation play-off tie was done today. The tie will start with a match between Rafa and Mikael Torpegaard. After that, Daveeeed will play Frederik Nielsen. Saturday will see Verdasco and Bautista-Agut taking on Kromann and Nielsen. Sunday will be reverse singles.

More information about the tie can be found on the Davis Cup site.

Here’s video of an interview Rafa gave after the draw (in Spanish):

7 Responses

  1. Elizabeth Howard says:

    All good wishes to Spain in the Davis Cup

  2. Aero says:

    Rafa opponents are ranked 909 and 283! so hopefully he can get through this one (sarcasm!). Perhaps work on his game and get his groove back. He said in an interview he didn’t watch the US Open final, I wonder whether he hasn’t just lost interest in the game or has stopped caring.

  3. Roxitova says:

    I’m a little baffled as to why Spain sent all their top players against Denmark ….
    Is this to show their renewed support with the change of coach?

    • Aero says:

      Yes, it’s strange especially considering they were initialing complaining about having a female captain as well. There must be politics involved or that Rafa felt he needed the practice. And it looks like he does based on his first match, I expected a bagel or two against a 909 ranking but this kid won 9 games against Rafa over 3 sets! yikes!

    • Maybe because none of their younger players can manage to win a tie against anyone? Anyway, if Rafa and Daveeed say they’re available, do you really expect anyone to say “no thanks”? Fed, Wawa, and Muzz are also in DC action this weekend.

      • miri says:

        And because it’s really important they don’t get sent down to the sub-minor league.

        All those top players are playing for different reasons (including the “for country” one). Great Britain is playing to get into the final – who would have thought they had a chance to do that? Switzerland is playing to not fall out of the World Group. Spain is playing for a chance to play to get into the World Group. If they win this tie, they can spend next year trying to get back into World Group. If they lose this, they get shoved down another level in the structure.

  4. crossy says:

    Rafa needs to play two matches in the Davis Cup to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio. Have watched highlights and Rafa played a good match. Very fast court so not to his liking.