We now know the composition of the teams for the Davis Cup finals, which will be held in a little over a week (2-4 December) in Sevilla, Spain. Two teams of four, a fifth in backup, and nothing is very surprising on either Spain nor Argentina’s sides. In fact, it is exactly as most observers have seen it. Well, it’s not as though either Albert Costa and Tito Vázquez have made any mystery on their teams’s composition from the first moment, really. What can lead to surprise is how they’ll juggle with them, particularly in the case of Argentina.
The Spanish team
As it had been officiously announced several weeks ago, the Spaniards, who haven’t lost any of their last 20 home ties (ref.: Spanish Tennis Federation), will be led by World no 2 Rafael Nadal, who will be joined by David Ferrer, as well as Feliciano López and Fernando Verdasco. All in all, no changes to the four-squad that took part in the semi-finals against France.
On Twitter, Spain’s captain Albert Costa reiterated his faith in his team: “I have full confidence in this team.. All of us will fight to the limit to try and give a fifth [Davis Cup] to Spanish tennis. Let’s go to the max..” (My translation)
Spain is the strong favourite to win, but on the other side will be a team that will fight with all its might to finally get their hands on the precious trophy.
López and Verdasco have been training since the beginning of the week, along with Marcel Granollers and Marc López. Meanwhile, Nadal and Ferrer are in London taking part in the ATP World Tour Finals.
The Argentine team
Argentina’s captain Tito Vázquez had named those who would be called many weeks ago, too. He confirmed them in a press conference last week and today announced his four-squad so nothing is really surprising, as, like Costa, he went with the four who played in the semi-finals.
Led by Juan Martín del Potro and David Nalbandian, the Argentine foursome will be completed by Juan Mónaco and Juan Ignacio Chela. Eduardo Schwank will travel with the team as fifth man and lefty Facundo Bagnis serves as sparring for the team, who is already training hard in Argentina in order to finally win the precious trophy.
The team will leave Argentina Thursday night and even though they are very much the underdogs coming into the final, I would not discard their chances in the least. They are a very combative team and will fight until the end to win.
My take on the final
That will come next week, as I am, right now, in a quite complete ATP World Tour Finals mode. However, there should be more coming really soon about the Davis Cup finals.
Meanwhile, I invite you to go have a look at the special page BATennis made for the Davis Cup finals (in Spanish). And yes, they will be present in Sevilla for the finals!