The Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Afp
Yannick Noah is sincere and sincere: “Nadal’s absence changes everything”. The captain of France, ahead of the Davis Cup semi-final this weekend in Lille against Spain adds: “I’m sorry for a tennis fan that a champion like Rafa is injured, the setting of the match changes totally” said Noah. “But even without Nadal, Spain remains stronger than France”. To replace the world No. 1, injured in the semifinals of the US Open against the Argentine Del Potro, Brugera will rely on Albert Ramos (n.55 Atp), Pablo Carreno (21), Roberto Bautista (26), Feliciano Lopez (74 ) and Marcel Granollers (101). Noah chose Lucas Pouille (19), Richard Gasquet (24), Benoît Paire (54), Nicolas Mahut (150) and Julien Benneteau (57). Even Bruguera, a Spanish captain, says: “Rafa’s forfeit really changes”.