Speaking to the press today in Cordoba, Spain, Rafael Nadal admitted that he’s tired but ready to play if called this weekend for Spain’s Davis Cup semifinal against France.
Nadal, who just lost a grueling 4-set marathon to Novak Djokovic Monday in the US Open final, said he’s thankful that Spain has so much depth to fall back on. And the World No. 2 said it’s up to captain Albert Costa to decide if Nadal will be used on Friday.
“The truth is that I am not worn down,” Nadal told the AP. “I played a little over four hours in the U.S. Open final and traveled right after various days of competing at the highest level, so obviously I am tired. But I am not worn down, luckily.”
Nadal trained just 30 minutes after landing Tuesday.
Costa says that he will give Nadal a few more days to recover and then make a decision. Spain will also have the services David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.
France, who beat Spain 5-0 last year in the quarterfinals, has Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet. The match will be played on the red clay at the Plaza de Toros de los Califas in Cordoba, Spain.
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