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Will Rafael Nadal Play in India?

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After India drew Spain in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs, tennis fans in the country might be savouring the prospect of witnessing 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal during the September 16-18 tie at home.

The world No. 4 is Spain’s best-ranked player and, despite his lean patch, will be the country’s best bet to enter the World Group with a win against India. Nadal in the past has played in India during Mahesh Bhupathi’s International Premier Tennis League.

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However, his career has been affected by injuries of late. He withdrew from the 2016 French Open in May due to a injured left wrist, and has been out of action ever since.

Though, he is in the entry list for the August 5-21 Olympics his participation is in doubt. In fact, Nadal’s participation in Davis Cup has also been sporadic.

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But even if Nadal does not play, Spain have two other players in the top-15 – David Ferrer (No.13) and Roberto Bautista Agut (No.15).

In their recent Europe/ Africa Group 1 (Rd 2) clash against Romania, Spain was represented by Feliciano Lopez (No.21) and Agut. So, India have a stiff challenge at hand against the sixth seeded Spain.

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India’s highest ranked singles player currently is Yuki Bhambri (No.151) is nursing an elbow injury while No. 2 Saketh Myneni is No.152nd in the world. Another top player, Somdev Devvarman is down with a sore heel and is ranked 433rd.

Having lost to Czech Republic and Serbia, in 2014 and 2015, in the World Group play-offs, India would hope for a miracle to succeed against Spain.

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The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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