Eye on the ball: Rafa Nadal works up a sweat ahead of Davis Cup tie

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Rafael Nadal serves during a practice session ahead of the Davis Cup World Group Playoff Tie against India at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association’s RK Khanna Stadium in New Delhi, on September 13, 2016. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Rafael Nadal serves during a practice session ahead of the Davis Cup World Group Playoff Tie against India at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association’s RK Khanna Stadium in New Delhi, on September 13, 2016. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Nadal working on his serves during the session. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Nadal working on his serves during the session. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Eyes on the ball: Nadal looks to fine-tune his ball toss during the training session. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Eyes on the ball: Nadal looks to fine-tune his ball toss during the training session. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Nadal gestures towards his teammates during the session. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Nadal gestures towards his teammates during the session. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Nadal has a friendly word with India’s Leander Paes. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Nadal has a friendly word with India’s Leander Paes. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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India’s Saketh Myneni and Leander Paes work on their serves. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

India’s Saketh Myneni and Leander Paes work on their serves. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Nadal wipes sweat off his face as he walks towards the baseline. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Nadal wipes sweat off his face as he walks towards the baseline. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Rafa grabs a drink of water during a break. Despite the evening start chosen to attract more spectators to the stadium, Delhi’s humid conditions will prove a challenge to both teams. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Rafa grabs a drink of water during a break. Despite the evening start chosen to attract more spectators to the stadium, Delhi’s humid conditions will prove a challenge to both teams. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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After his serves, the 14-time Grand Slam champ works on his backhand return. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

After his serves, the 14-time Grand Slam champ works on his backhand return. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Rafa talks to Conchita Martinez, Spain’s Davis Cup team captain. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Rafa talks to Conchita Martinez, Spain’s Davis Cup team captain. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Rafa gets a niggle looked at by the team physio. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Rafa gets a niggle looked at by the team physio. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Sumit Nagal hits an overhead during practice. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Sumit Nagal hits an overhead during practice. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Spain’s David Ferrer during the team press conference. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Spain’s David Ferrer during the team press conference. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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From left to right: Team Spain members Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer, captain Conchita Martinez, Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez pose for a photo. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

From left to right: Team Spain members Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer, captain Conchita Martinez, Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez pose for a photo. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Rafa during a team press conference at RK Khanna Stadium. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Rafa during a team press conference at RK Khanna Stadium. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Nadal chews his fingers as he listens to his teammates’ answers during the presser. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Nadal chews his fingers as he listens to his teammates’ answers during the presser. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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