Shock defeat for Spain in Davis Cup
Rafael Nadal turned on his television at home in Mallorca for the final day of Spain’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off against Brazil and proceeded to watch something he had not seen since he was 12.
For the first time since 1999, Spain suffered a shock defeat on clay with Thomaz Bellucci the local hero as he clinched a 3-1 victory for Brazil which condemned the five-time champions to relegation.
Nadal’s absence due to a wrist injury is one of the reasons why depleted Spain now find themselves in Euro/Africa Zone Group I, a level they have not been a part of since 1996. For a nation which boasts 10 players in the Top 50, playing in the second tier is a once seemingly unthinkable prospect which has now become reality.
Moya said: “I think it [Group I] is not a place where Spain belong. There have been some circumstances this year that made the Spanish team be in the second division. I am sure that in two years Spain are going to be back in the World Group.”
Brazil, meanwhile, can look forward to a return to the World Group for just the second time since 2003.