9/19/12 2:54 PM | Johan Lindahl
Spain can only hope that Rafael Nadal will be fit enough when his knee injury saga finally ends to be able to join the squad for the Davis Cup final away against the Czech Republic from November 16-18.
The tennis powerhouse nation will be looking to lift a sixth trophy in the worldwide team competition.
Though the 3-1 weekend semifinal dispatch of the US was managed without the world No. 4, Nadal is a hand insurance policy for the team. "I hope he gets better soon because he is really fundamental for us," said David Ferrer, who led the squad easily past the 32-time champion US and into a fourth Davis Cup final in five years.
Nadal, who has not played for almost three months, has been circumspect about his chances of a return this season as he tries to heal a major case of tendinitis in his dodgy left knee. He has repeatedly said he has no return date but will only step back on court when he is completely healed.
"We will monitor the players over the coming weeks, talk to all those we think appropriate, and go and see what condition they are in and then choose the players we think appropriate," said new Spanish Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja. "We always hope to count on everyone and obviously Rafa is the same as everyone else."
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