The Davis Cup finals, which bring together 18 teams in Innsbruck, Turin and Madrid in search of the precious salad bowl, will also have a good list of notable absences, including those of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev. Rafa Nadal, winner of twenty Grand Slams and who has lifted the Davis Cup salad bowl five times, will not be in Madrid competing with Spain due to a left foot injury that has kept him inactive since the end of June. His loss in the national team has been covered by Carlos Alcaraz, who will be the focus of all eyes due to the meteoric progression that he is having. The absence of Switzerland among the eighteen teams makes it impossible for Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, two of the best tennis players of recent years and winners of Davis in 2014, to participate, although the injuries from which both recover would have made it unfeasible. in any case, its presence in this final phase. Nor will Dominic Thiem, who has not played since mid-June due to a right wrist injury from which he continues to recover, will be out due to injury. The same happens to the Canadian Milos Raonic, who is living a season to forget burdened by injuries. Due to an abdominal injury that forced him to withdraw from the ATP Finals a few days ago, Italian Matteo Berrettini, number seven in the international ranking, will not be present. For the same reason, he will not fight to help Canada win the Felix Auger-Aliassime salad bowl, who has given up playing to recover well from an injury that he has dragged on for weeks. His teammate Denis Shapovalov has also resigned, although in his case claiming the need to rest after a demanding season. Great Britain will be in the Davis Cup finals but Andy Murray will not.
Roddick opens up on Nadal
Andy Roddick recently opined that Novak Djokovic has a longer “runway” left to win Major titles compared to his great rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The American also believes Djokovic has, over the last decade, consistently been the best player out of the Big 3. “Is Novak going to be prepared to play in Australia by avenue of vaccination?” Roddick said. “What I will say confidently is, given the runway and the toll on the bodies [of the Big 3] and what we’ve seen as far as bodies breaking down – Novak seemingly has the longest runway and has been the best consistently for the last five, 10 years even.” The 2003 US Open champion went on to claim that Djokovic would be the favorite for the Australian Open if he plays, given that he got “better” in 2021. But at the same time, Roddick admitted that Nadal’s path would become easier if the Serb (a nine-time champion in Melbourne) were to skip the event. “But he (Djokovic) only got better this year,” Roddick continued. “I don’t know if you can say that about Rafa, I certainly don’t think you can say that about Roger, unfortunately at this point in their careers. So, Novak still has to be the favorite [for the Australian Open]. But this new wrinkle where Rafa comes in and there’s, you know, the route to the Aussie Open title – [where Nadal] doesn’t have to go through Novak.”