Spanish Davis Cup captain Albert Costa received the best possible news as he concentrated on the bid to win the historic trophy for the fifth time since the turn of the century. Regardless of the rigors of defending his US Open title at Flushing Meadows, Rafael Nadal insists he wants to be part of the team to face France in the World Group semi-final in Cordoba a week later.
Nadal missed out on Spains successful quarter final trip to Austin, Texas for the 3-1 win over the United States as he recovered from a habitually successful clay court season but the disappointment of losing the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic and also being deposed as world no.1 by the Serb.
The 25 year-old has only played one Davis Cup tie in nearly two years, this Marchs first round win over Belgium in Charleroi when he won both his singles rubbers. However Nadal has not been on a losing Spanish team since March 2005 when the Slovak Republic registered a 4-1 win in Bratislava.
Nadal sent a simple three-worded message to Costa yesterday as the captain tried to ascertain the state of David Ferriers fitness with the world no.6 struggling to be fit after suffering a hairline fracture in the left hand. Ill be there, said the man from Majorca with regard to the French tie to be staged September 16 thru 18.
And after a month long break from competition; Nadal is in Montreal and more than prepared to contest next weeks Rogers Cup in the latest leg of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series. I am fit and ready, said Nadal after being one of the first leading players to arrive at the Uniprix Stadium.
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