MADRID, 20 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish Davis Cup captain, Sergi Bruguera, regretted that despite playing at home, at the Martín Carpena in Málaga, the surface of the Final 8 of the Tennis World Cup "does not" "benefit" them, after the first training sessions with views debut against Croatia.
"The players are training well and it is clear that, playing Davis Cup and in Spain, we are going to give one hundred percent as we have always done, and try to compete as well as possible. The track is very fast and it does not benefit us. If the greats Servers are fine, they have a great advantage that can be key", he explained.
The Malaga pavilion was transformed in recent days to host a new edition of the Davis Cup final, with eight countries facing off in four quarterfinal matches. "The Croats have Cilic, who is a great number one, and Coric, who is playing his best year and is one of the toughest number two. Also, they have possibly the best double there is right now," said the captain, highlighting the difficulty of the Spanish rival.
On the other hand, also in statements provided by the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET), Pablo Carreño insisted on the equality of the match against the Croats next Wednesday. "These first training sessions are going well, from less to more. Between now and Wednesday, we still have time to get ready," said the Asturian, Spanish number one after Carlos Alcaraz's injury.
"The individual matches are going to be very even and they can fall from either side. In the doubles, perhaps they can be more favourites, but I think that, with Marcel at the helm, we can do very well," he added, making it clear that it will be an even series.
In the same way, Roberto Bautista pointed out that Spain, despite being the host, has a difficult ballot. "I think that the rivals that we are going to face are going to be very difficult, especially because their best surface may be the indoor hard court. They will force us to play at a very good level if we want to beat them. The Davis Cup is a competition that I like a lot. I have prepared myself conscientiously to play at a good level", he said.