DAVIS CUP

Rafa Nadal: Spain without ace for Davis Cup tie with Serbia

Spanish captain Conchita Martínez has confirmed that Nadal will not play in the country's quarter-final clash with Serbia in Belgrade.

Rafa Nadal: Spain without ace for Davis Cup tie with Serbia
RHONA WISE EFE

Rafa Nadal will not feature for Spain in the country's Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia, team captain Conchita Martínez confirmed on Tuesday.

The Spaniards face the Balkan nation at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April.

Carreño Busta, Ramos, Granollers and López

Spain will instead be represented by 19th-ranked Pablo Carreño Busta, Albert Ramos (24th), Marcel Granollers (41th) and doubles specialist Marc López.

World number seven Nadal, who played in the first-round win over Croatia, had already hinted he would sit out the tie, which coincides with a required rest period, unless it were held on clay.

However, the last-eight match-up is to take place on hard court.

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