No Nadal for Spain in Davis Cup

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: November 5 2012, 11:01 GMT

Spain have named an unchanged team for next week's Davis Cup final - with Rafael Nadal confirmed as an absentee.

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Nadal has not played since June due to a knee injury but recently refused to rule himself out of the contest against the Czech Republic.

However, he was not among the names announced by Spain captain Alex Corretja on Monday. He has instead picked an unchanged team.

David Ferrer, who will this week compete at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, will lead the Spanish.

His victory in Sunday's Paris Masters final brought him a seventh ATP title of the season - more than any other player. The world number five will be playing in his fourth Davis Cup final.

Nicolas Almagro is again likely to play as the second singles player.

The successful doubles pairing of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, also competing in London, complete the line-up.

In naming the quartet, Corretja has stuck with the team that beat the USA in the semi-finals and Austria in the last eight.

Feliciano Lopez will travel to Prague, where a slick indoor hardcourt awaits, as the reserve player.

Nadal is now expected to return to action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi at the end of December.

The Czechs have yet to reveal their line-up. The deadline for them to do so is Tuesday.

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