Nadal out of Davis Cup
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.