World No 13 Pablo Carreno Busta is refusing to be pessimistic ahead of the Davis Cup Finals as he thinks that Spain can win the title even without Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. On Wednesday, Spain is taking on Croatia at the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga.
For the Davis Cup Finals knockout stage, Spanish team captain Sergi Bruguera nominated Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pedro Martinez, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Marcel Granollers. On paper, Spain still has a very good team that consists of two great very good singles players and one doubles specialist.
Carreno Busta optimistic Spain can do well even without Nadal, Alcaraz
“The Davis Cup is different because you play for the team. It has nothing to do with the Tour. It is true that Alcaraz and Nadal are not there, but we have a good team and we will do our best to win the title.
It’s nice to be number one, but I would prefer to be number three if Carlos and Rafa were there because we would have been stronger. In any case, I feel ready. Both me and Roberto have much experience in the competition,” Carreno Busta said, as quoted on Marca.
Spain is hosting the Davis Cup Finals knockout stage but there is one problem – when Spain kicks off its Davis Cup tie versus Croatia, the Spanish national football team will also be playing its first game at the World Cup.
Bruguera acknowledged that the World Cup is very important to Spanish people but he is optimistic that the stands in Malaga will still be full. “A Davis Cup and more in Spain is not experienced every day. We would all like to see Spain’s game in Qatar.
I am sure that the people will come to cheer and the stadium will be full. We, in such a complicated tie, We need the support of the public,” Bruguera said.