Tennis: Rafael Nadal named in Spain squad for Davis Cup

Nadal was included in a list of five Spanish players, although a recent injury has cast doubt on whether the 19-time Grand Slam champion is fit enough to play.
Nadal was included in a list of five Spanish players, although a recent injury has cast doubt on whether the 19-time Grand Slam champion is fit enough to play.PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has been named in the Spain squad for November's Davis Cup finals in Madrid.

Nadal was included in a list of five Spanish players, with Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreno, Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers also picked by coach Sergi Bruguera.

A wrist injury forced Nadal to withdraw from the Shanghai Masters three weeks ago and it remains to be seen whether the 19-time Grand Slam champion is fit enough to play.

The Davis Cup starts on Nov 18 at the Caja Magica and Spain have been draw alongside Russia and Croatia in Group B.

Controversial changes to the format of the 119-year-old tournament mean 18 teams will contest the finals over the course of a week.

Each tie will consist of two singles and one doubles match, with the winners of the six groups and two best-ranked runners-up progressing to the quarter-finals.