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Nadal's absence 'changes everything' - France Davis Cup skipper
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Nadal's absence 'changes everything' - France Davis Cup skipper

Published by , Tuesday 09/11/18 15:54

France Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah says world number one Rafael Nadal's absence from Spain's team in this weekend's semi-final "changes everything".

The 17-time Grand Slam champion has helped Spain capture the annual trophy four times, in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011, but was ruled out of facing Noah's titleholders in Lille with a knee injury.

The long-standing problem flared up again at the US Open when Nadal had to retire trailing two sets to love in his semi-final against Juan Del Potro last week.

"As a tennis fan I'm disappointed that he won't be there," Noah told a press conference at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Tuesday.

"As a captain, it changes everything for the match. The set-up is totally different, especially in terms of preparation.

"When Nadal plays, it's almost (a certain) two points for Spain.

"Now, that changes and we have to adapt to it."

With world number 55 Albert Ramos-Vinolas stepping in to replace the Spanish star Noah accepts that "of course we've got more chance".

But he cautioned: "On paper the Spanish team are still better than ours."

Joining Ramos for Spain are Pablo Carreno Busta (21st in the world), Roberto Bautista Agut (26), Feliciano Lopez (74) and Marcel Granollers (101).

Representing France are Lucas Pouille (19), Richard Gasquet (24), Benoit Paire (54), Nicolas Mahut (150) and Julien Benneteau (57).

Spain skipper Sergi Bruguera agree with Noah that Nadal's absence has a massive bearing on the complexion of the Lille semi-final.

"It changes a lot, it changes everything, but it is like it is, and we have a very good team all the same.

"We'll fight and see what happens," Bruguera said.

Source: AFP

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He still has lot of time to change.... So after the changes he may become good..... As of now nowhere near the best ones
vismai vismai il y a 1 heure
Oh shut up
Justin Loch Justin Loch il y a 7 heures
I have no problem if your the best, to be treated as the best. If all players can reach the top 3's level, they would also get special treatment. On the other hand, here is a objective test case: if tournaments must decide who gets best court, time to play, etc. then look at the rankings at that stage, that is a objective standard. Now look at this years ATP finals, who is nr.1 at this stage, and must get preferential treatment to start playing the previous Sunday, in order to have a extra day off, if he goes all the way to the finals. Answer: Djokovic. But who started on last Sunday, and now has a extra day off, yes, the nr. 2/3: Federer. So yes, there is unfortunately a case that Fed gets preferential treatment. Take the doubt about it out of the picture, by giving the best ranked player the better options. Then nobody can complain or have questions.
bastion bastion il y a 8 heures
Federer won first two sets at Wimbledon. So it was just a repeat in some sense ))) Usually Federer know how to play against big serving guys, I don't know what happened at their previous match. Hidden injury may be. More probably Federer can lose to some very stable player like other three from big four and rather to Kei than to Kevin.
Genie Ovie Genie Ovie il y a 10 heures
Actually he just has to win 6 games. Even if he lost in straights, he can still advance.
endaugust endaugust il y a 1 jour
Both Aga and Lucie retire in the same week. This is truly heart breaking :(
Vinayak Vinayak il y a 1 jour