The Finals of the Davis Cup 2022 will have a very important loss among the teams classified to the decisive phase, which is held in Malaga between November 22 and 27. Rafael Nadal decided weeks ago to set aside the competition promoted by Gerard Piqué Y Cosmos Tennis under its new format and instead will play a tour of exhibition matches in Latin America together with Casper Ruudcurrent finalist of the US Open and member of the Rafa Nadal Academy.
The forecasts of Nadal became a reality with the announcement of the five matches that both tennis players will play on the dates after the Turin ATP Finals, in which Rafa plans to be and try to conquer for the first time in his sports career the Masters Cup. This is the manacorí’s main goal for the remainder of the season and practically the only one, since his presence in the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 It is not confirmed and if it happens, it would be to prepare the Turin appointment.
Rafe Y Ruud will face each other, with confirmed dates, on November 23 at Parque Roca de Buenos Aires and on November 27, the day of the Davis Cup final, at the General Rumiñahui Coliseum in Quito, Ecuador. In addition, exhibition matches are planned also in Bogota (Colombia), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Mexico City (Mexico), all of them precluding the presence of Nadal together with the Spanish Davis Cup team in Malaga.
The Davis cup yes it is ruled out Nadalwho has not competed in the two previous appointments in which Spain has been advancing in the picture. Rafa was not in the preliminary series in March against Romania and not a few weeks ago at the Fonteta de San Luis in Valencia, in the group stage in which the team captained by Sergio Bruguera achieved the pass to the quarterfinals as leaders of Group B.
Spain, favorite without Nadal
The team of Davis cup of Spain in Malaga he suffers a very important loss but not irreplaceable. The great state of form of national tennis means that the Navy can present a team that is a candidate for everything with the brand new number one in the world, Carlos Alcarazas a star, and Robert Baptist Y Pablo Carrenowho could play doubles with specialist Marcel Granollers, as reputable tricks ahead of the number two spot in singles.
Spain will be measured at Croatia in the quarterfinals, where the locals are favorites to advance to the semifinals. This match will be played at the José María Martín Carpena in Málaga – the venue for the entire last phase – on November 23. In case of winning, the national team would face the winner of Australia-Netherlands in the semifinals, where they would also appear as favorites despite the absence of Rafael Nadal in the lineup.