Rafa Nadal: “It’s a new Davis Cup and we have to be attentive and understand it properly”

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Rafa Nadal with Miguel Díaz, president of the RFET, Antonio Huertas, president of Mapfre, and Pablo Carreño, Roberto Bautista, Sergi Bruguera, Feliciano López and Marcel Granollers.

The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal showed his desire that both he and the rest of the team arrive “in good shape” to face the Davis Cup Finals that start this Monday at the Magic Box in Madrid, a tournament whose new format makes have to “be aware” from the beginning.

“This is a new competition and we have to be attentive and understand it in the proper way and knowing that every game is vital,” said Rafa Nadal this Sunday in statements provided by the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET).

The Balearic stressed that they have played “a complicated group” with Russia and Croatia, and that the surface on which the tournament is played is not the “favorite” of the ‘Navy’. “But we are all aware to get the best prepared,” he warned.

“I know that the team has been training well and hopefully we arrive in good form, that we can compete well and that things can go well,” said the world number one.

For his part, the president of the RFET, Miguel Díaz, was also optimistic. “We make this Davis Cup at home and with our fans and we are one of the best teams in the world, so we have an opportunity to add a sixth Salad Bowl, but it won’t be easy,” he said.

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