Hard blow for the Spanish Davis Cup team: Rafael Nadal has made his semi-final fixture against France from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September in Lille (Nord). The world No. 1 had to abandon in the semifinals of the US Open against Juan Martin Del Potro, Friday, Sept. 7, and suffers from a small lesion of patellar tendon that will distance him from the courts for a month. Spanish coach Sergi Brugera announces he will be replaced by Albert Ramos.
However, we should not underestimate a team of Spain very compact, and composed of players ranked higher than the Tricolores: Pablo Carreno Busta (12th ATP), Roberto Bautista Augut (22nd), Albert Ramos (52nd ) Feliciano Lopez (63rd) and Marcel Granollers (107th).
Yannick Noah meanwhile called Benoît Paire (56th), alongside Richard Gasquet (25th) and Lucas Pouille (17th), to defend the French chances. Nicolas Mahut (131), Julien Benneteau (60) and Adrian Mannarino (29) replaced the selection. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Pierre-Hugues Herbert had to give up on injury.