Nadal's Absence 'changes Everything' - France Davis Cup Skipper
Zeeshan Mehtab 8 days ago Tue 11th September 2018 | 09:54 PM
France Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah says world number one Rafael Nadal's absence from Spain's team in this weekend's semi-final "changes everything".
Lille, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 11th Sep, 2018 ) :France Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah says world number one Rafael Nadal's absence from Spain's team in this weekend's semi-final "changes everything".
"As a captain, it changes everything for the match. The set-up is totally different, especially in terms of preparation.
"When Nadal plays, it's almost (a certain) two points for Spain.
"Now, that changes and we have to adapt to it." With world number 55 Albert Ramos-Vinolas stepping in to replace the Spanish star Noah accepts that "of course we've got more chance".
But he cautioned: "On paper the Spanish team are still better than ours." Joining Ramos for Spain are Pablo Carreno Busta (21st in the world), Roberto Bautista Agut (26), Feliciano Lopez (74) and Marcel Granollers (101).
Representing France are Lucas Pouille (19), Richard Gasquet (24), Benoit Paire (54), Nicolas Mahut (150) and Julien Benneteau (57).
Spain skipper Sergi Bruguera agree with Noah that Nadal's absence has a massive bearing on the complexion of the Lille semi-final.
"We'll fight and see what happens," Bruguera said.