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Nadal plays down Davis Cup pressure

sports Updated: Nov 29, 2011 19:46 IST

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Spanish star Rafael Nadal on Tuesday played down the pressure the hosts will be under ahead of their Davis Cup final against Argentina in Seville this weekend.

"We're under the same pressure as they are, we have to win the Davis Cup," insisted the world number two, who has lost just one singles rubber in the competition since making his debut in 2004.

Spain have won the title four times in the past ten years, while Argentina have never lifted the trophy, finishing runner-up three times.

But team leader Nadal insisted that playing at home did not increase the pressure.

Nadal will spearhead the team which includes 24th-ranked Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez (20) and David Ferrer (5), the same line-up that clinched Spain's last Davis Cup triumph in 2009 against the Czech Republic.

Argentina lost the 2008 final 3-1 to the Spanish at home in Mar del Plata, also falling in their previous two clashes in 2003 and 1926.

"The 2008 final was painful for Argentina, so it's normal that this time they'll have a special motivation," said Verdasco.

Spanish captain Albert Costa said his side were determined "the Cup stays here," adding: "It's hard to say who has the greater percentage chance of winning between the teams. I don't like giving figures. If we do things well than we'll have a chance.

"One thing that's sure is that all the matches will be long and tough."

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