Rafael Nadal will play singles against Ukraine in Davis Cup 2013
Rafael Nadal will play singles against Ukraine in Davis Cup
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(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal will play Sergiy Stakhovsky in Friday's second Davis Cup singles rubber after Spain announced their lineup for the World Group playoff at home to Ukraine on Thursday.
Rafael Nadal and Alex Corretja (Photo by Daniel Maurer/Copa Davis)
There had been doubt over world number two Nadal's participation in the three-day tie in Madrid after his recent exertions in New York where he beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic in Monday's U.S. Open final.
Nadal arrived in the Spanish capital early on Wednesday and after training at the "Magic Box" venue the 27-year-old was named in the team for Thursday's draw by captain Alex Corretja.
Rafa Nadal and Ana Botella (Mayor of Madrid) (Photo by Daniel Maurer/Copa Davis)
"When I have been asked and have been free of injury I have always turned out to try to help the team win points and secure victories," Nadal told a news conference.
"I have been playing at the maximum intensity for practically a whole month and obviously that has a draining effect," he added.
"But I am ready for tomorrow and it's just going to require another little bit of effort. I hope to be competitive even though I have spent very few hours on the court."
Stakhovsky caused a huge upset at Wimbledon this year when he defeated seven-times champion Roger Federer in the second round but Nadal should have little trouble against the world number 92, especially as the tie is on his favored clay.
Nadal has won 20 of his 21 Davis Cup singles matches, including a perfect 16 out of 16 on clay.
Spain number two Fernando Verdasco will play Ukraine number one Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening singles, with the doubles to come on Saturday and the reverse singles on Sunday in the first meeting between the two nations.