Argentina name team for Davis Cup final
Originally published on 26/02/10 11:19
Argentinas Davis Cup captain Alberto Mancini has named the four-man team that he hopes will deliver a first ever Davis Cup title for the nation later this month.
David Nalbandian, Juan Martin del Potro, Agustin Calleri and Jose Acasuso will line up against visitors Spain in the three-day final from November 21-23 to be held at the Islas Malvinas arena in the resort of Mar del Plata.
Guillermo Canas is the surprise omission from Mancinis squad, although the world No.77 has been playing some pretty horrible tennis of late the 30-year-old has won just two matches in his last seven tournaments.
Del Potro and Nalbandian are Argentinas two highest-ranked players at No.8 and No.11 in the world respectively and are expected to fill the two singles spots.
Although Argentina are unbeaten at home for ten years in the competition, they have never lifted the Davis Cup, losing in two finals to the US in 1981 and Russia in 2006.
Meanwhile, Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez will wait to name his team to travel to South America after the recent injury to world No.1 Rafael Nadal.
Nadal suffered a knee injury at the Paris Masters last week which forced him to pull out of next weeks Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.
The Spanish Tennis Federation said on Monday that the problem has been identified as tendinitis in the quadriceps tendon.
Nadals coach and uncle, Toni, has been reported as telling Spanish radio that his nephew is expected to be fit for the late-November final.