Nadal out of Davis Cup final


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Spain’s world number one Rafael Nadal on Monday confirmed he will not compete in the Davis Cup final against Argentina this month due to a knee injury.
He made the announcement at a press conference in Barcelona after receiving the results of new tests on the tendonitis in his right knee.
“After a long and very positive season, it pains me to miss the two main objectives of the year, the Shanghai (Masters) and Davis (Cup) final,” he said.
“This is a difficult time, but I have done everything possible to try and make this final.
“I am used to playing with pain, but this is a new and different kind of pain, which I can’t manage to control,” he told the press conference, next to the chief doctor of the Spanish Tennis Federation, Angel Ruiz Cotorro.
His absence in the November 21-23 Davis Cup final in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata would be a boost to the home side in its hopes of winning the cup for the first time.
Nadal convincingly won both his singles matches when Spain beat Davis Cup holders USA 4-1 in Madrid in last month’s semi-final to book a place in the final. Argentina qualified with a 3-2 defeat of Russia.
It will be Spain’s sixth appearance in the final of the Davis Cup, which they have won twice, in 2000 and in 2004, when Nadal, then just 18 and relatively unknown, beat the then world number two Andy Roddick.
Nadal, 22, landed a fourth straight French Open title and a first Wimbledon crown this season to dethrone Roger Federer from world top spot.
But the knee injury had forced Nadal to skip the season-ending Shanghai Masters Cup.
His coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, had earlier told the sports daily Marca there “very little chance” of him in the final.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2008