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No Rafa for 2012 Davis Cup

Spain’s Davis Cup future was clouded by uncertainty on Monday after world No. 1 Rafael Nadal announced he would not be available next year and captain Albert Costa said he needed time to think about whether to stay on.

sports Updated: Dec 06, 2011 00:09 IST
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Spain’s Davis Cup future was clouded by uncertainty on Monday after world No. 1 Rafael Nadal announced he would not be available next year and captain Albert Costa said he needed time to think about whether to stay on.

The Iberian nation secured their fifth title and a third in four years by beating Argentina Sunday, Nadal winning the decisive point in a thrilling match against Juan Martin del Potro on the clay at the Olympic Stadium.

The 25-year-old has repeatedly complained about what he sees as an overloaded ATP World Tour calendar and told a news conference the added burden of competing in the 2012 Olympics in London, where he will bid for a second consecutive singles gold, meant Davis Cup participation was impossible.