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Spain without Nadal in the 2021 Davis Cup, teenage tennis player Carlos Alcaraz is the mainstay

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MADRID – Defending champions Spain will be looking to defend their title at the 2021 Davis Cup. Unfortunately, they are not strengthened Rafael Nadal as a result of a foot injury.

Davis Cup will roll out in a new format across three European cities this week with all eyes on the Spanish team. They fielded teenage tennis player Carlos Alcaraz following the absence of Rafa Nadal.

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Alcaraz will make his debut at the tournament and join Roberto Bautista Agut, one of the heroes of 2019 when Spain beat Canada in the final. The Spanish squad is also reinforced by Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez, and Marcel Granollers.

“It’s a dream I’ve had since I was a kid and to be able to make my debut is very beautiful and very special,” said Alcaraz, who is ranked 32nd in the world this week.

“It will be a tough challenge because only one team will qualify for the group and Russia have a great team, but I have a lot of confidence in the Spanish team,” continued the 18-year-old.

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Spain will start fighting in the Davis Cup on Friday (11/26/2021) against Ecuador.

Starting Thursday (25/11/2021), the 18 finalists will compete in six groups of three with eight qualifications for the knockout stages and the final taking place in Madrid on December 5.

But because of the pandemic COVID-19 , the two groups played in Innsbruck will not be attended by spectators after Austria re-imposed a lockdown.

A new format was created this year by expanding to 10 days in three countries, including the Davis Cup Finals which was moved to Madrid in 2019, after the tournament was unable to go ahead as scheduled with two singles and doubles events.

Spain will play at home with Group A also including strong teams, including Russia and Ecuador. However, Spain no longer has Nadal’s ” talisman” as he has to continue the process of recovering from a leg injury.

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