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Nadal, Ferrer to be part of Spanish team facing India in Davis Cup


Madrid, Sep 6 (IANS) Spain will bring its strongest possible squad including 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and World No.13 David Ferrer to face hosts India in a Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie.

World No.5 Nadal, who on Monday crashed out of the US Open, will headline a strong squad also including doubles specialists Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, coach Conchita Martinez said on Tuesday, reports Efe.

Nadal and Ferrer are expected to play the four singles matches of the five-match tie while Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez will play the doubles match.

The match will be held at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi from September 16-18.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has already announced that it was retaining all the four players that beat South Korea 4-1 in July.

In the Davis Cup tie against South Korea, Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan played the singles matches while Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna teamed up for the doubles.

Paes and Bopanna, despite a long history of acrimonious relations between them, won their tie against South Korea. The pair, however, lost in the very first round of the Rio Olympics tennis competitions last month.



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