Nadal out of Davis Cup

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MADRID // Rafael Nadal yes­ter­day pulled out of Spain’s Davis Cup clash with Croa­tia this week­end as he re­cov­ers from the Aus­tralian Open.

Nadal, beaten in five sets by Roger Fed­erer in Sun­day’s fi­nal, will be re­placed in the World Group first-round tie by Feli­ciano Lopez.

Lopez joins Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Car­reno and Marc Lopez in the team for the match in Osi­jek, Croa­tia, that starts Fri­day.

The Span­ish ten­nis fed­er­a­tion said its med­i­cal staff pre­ferred that Nadal sat out the trip given “the lit­tle re­cov­ery time” avail­able to the world No 6. The fed­er­a­tion noted that Nadal “had played in a lot of matches af­ter four months out of ac­tion” in Jan­uary, which at 30 years of age was harder to re­cover from than in the past.

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