It has been announced today that the team will be: Feliciano Lopez, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco and Albert Costa. Lopez and Nadal will play singles, and the choices for doubles are: Verdasco-Lopez, Nadal-Costa, Nadal-Verdasco or Nadal-Lopez!
Experienced Costa returns for Spain's Davis Cup defence
Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:51 PM GMT
MADRID, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The experienced Albert Costa has been recalled to Spain's Davis Cup team for their first round tie against Slovakia next month.
The new two-man coaching team of Juan Bautista Avendano and Jordi Arrese drafted in the 29-year-old former French Open winner in the absence of Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Robredo. They also named Fernando Verdasco for the first time.
Costa was a member of the team that won the Davis Cup for the first time in Barcelona in 2000, but was dropped ahead of the 2003 final against Australia.
"Albert can help bring his experience of the Davis Cup to a good, young team," Avendano told Spain's Radio Marca. "It promises to be a difficult tie, but I believe we can win it.
Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez and Verdasco, who is more used to the faster surface that will be used on the indoor courts in Bratislava, make up the rest of the team for the March 4-6 tie.
Moya withdrew from this season's competition in order to concentrate on playing tournaments after helping Spain to victory in last year's final against the United States.
Ferrero and Robredo asked to be left out of the first round tie in order to regain their form after injury.
"Ferrero wanted to regain his ranking and form by playing individual tournaments, while Tommy is still trying to recover his form after his shoulder injury," said Avedano.