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Argentine Web campaign seeks Davis delay for Nadal

sports Updated: Nov 13, 2008 11:34 IST
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Argentine Web campaign seeks Davis delay for Nadal

It turns out that not all Argentines are happy that top-ranked Rafael Nadal won't be playing in the Davis Cup final next week.

Tennis fan Julian Baena launched an Internet campaign at www.quieroganarleanadal.com _ "I want to beat Nadal," in English _ urging Davis Cup officials to delay the final until Nadal recovers from knee tendinitis.

"There's nothing more beautiful than to go down in history winning the final against the No 1 in the world," Baena wrote on the Web site. "That's why I propose: Let's postpone the Davis Cup final until Rafa recovers. Two weeks. A month. Whatever is necessary for him to be 100 per cent."

A petition asking for a delay so that "we can enjoy the final we all want to see" had received nearly 13,000 signatures as of late on Wednesday.

Nadal withdrew this week from Spain's team to play Argentina, saying he needed three to six weeks to recover.

"I heard that many people, including (Alberto Mancini, Argentina captain), talked about how that was good news," Baena wrote. "Not for me. For me it's terrible news. I want to beat Nadal." His absence made Argentina the favorite to win its first Davis Cup, starting on Nov 21 at Mar del Plata.

But Baena said a victory without facing the best player wouldn't be as sweet: "I want to win the World Cup (football) final dancing with Brazil, Kaka and Ronaldinho. I want the same for the Davis Cup final."