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Tennis: Nadal leads Spanish Davis Cup charge against India

AFP , Tuesday 6 Sep 2016
TOPSHOT - Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts as he plays against Lucas Pouille of France during their US Open Men's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 4, 2016. (AFP)
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Rafael Nadal has been named in Spain's Davis Cup team to play India in their world group play-off tie in New Delhi on September 16-18.

Fifth-ranked Nadal, who was upset by France's Lucas Pouille in the US Open on Sunday, will be joined by 13th-ranked David Ferrer for singles duty with Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez slated for doubles.

"The return to the team of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer is the big news of the Spanish team which will travel to India for the play-off," the Spanish tennis federation announced on Tuesday.

Nadal added the Olympic doubles gold to his 2008 singles crown last month after being forced out of Roland Garros and Wimbledon because of a wrist injury.

The 30-year-old Spanish superstar -- a 14-time Grand Slam champion -- suffered a shock 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6) fourth round exit in the US Open to 22-year-old Pouille.

His early elimination, however, boosted his chances of a return for Davis Cup duty for the five-time champions against three-time runners-up India.

It will be the third meeting between the two countries and first since 1965 with Spain leading 2-1.

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