(EFE) – Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday that he hoped to have completely recovered from a hip muscle injury ahead of his national team’s clash with Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals later this week.
Rafa said he was optimistic about Spain’s chances in the quarterfinals, which start Friday, saying he was ready to play after “nine months that were a bit complicated” due to physical issues.
I hope to find myself without injury. That’s why I’m here, I’ve had a few injuries and I’ve faced one problem after another, but I’m very excited and returning to the competition surrounded by a team of colleagues and friends always helps. Very positive week for all.
Spain’s Davis Cup captain Sergi Bruguera said he will give Rafa every chance to be fit.
For the moment the plan we have this week is to train and go little by little. I have ideas in my head but I will decide at the last moment which players are going to play each game.
Rafa participated on Tuesday in a promotional event organized by the Provincial Council of Valencia and Mapfre, one of the sponsors of the Spain Davis Cup team, whose players were interviewed by a group of children.
Friday, 11:30 local time
Singles: Rafa can Kohlschreiber,
David vs Sascha
Doubles: Marc and Feli vs Struff and Puetz. Marc Lopez is filling in for Carreño who has an injured thumb.
Singles: Rafa vs Sascha, David vs Kohlschreiber.
Bautista will be called upon to play, if needed.
[La Vanguardia, MARCA, rtve all on April 5, 2018]
Please note that the above information was supplied by the sources listed and not quoted by Bruguera in the articles.
Good luck team Spain.
Can’t wait for your return. Good luck and Vamos Rafa <3
Rafa good luck vamossssssssssss champ we love you 🎾🎾🎾❤️😘❤️🎾🎾
I too am hoping for Rafa’s healthy return. Wishing him all the best.
Rafa you will well and truly know if you are 100% fit and able to play if chosen for the singles,
or maybe the doubles.
We know you love playing for your country and trust that all goes well.
Love and prayers,
I’m in hospital with pneumonia Rafa, but I am so looking forward to seeing you fit n playing in the Davis Cup. There is no excitement in Tennis for an old lady like me without you competing. God bless you Rafa. Vamos Rafa. Your Aussie Abuela Nan Shirley. 🐂🏆👑💥💥
I sure do to Rafa champ! 😍🤞🏻- Stay healty and the best of luck to you and the rest of the team 🍀🤗🇪🇸
Correction: ”I sure do too…” 😉
Good luck, Rafael. We hope you are 100% recovered, and can enjoy the tournament. All the best🍀👏💪👍👊❣️