9/22/12 2:48 AM | Johan Lindahl
Spain is wary of a quick trip to Canada for a Davis Cup first-round tie next February, with teams expected to be in place for training and acclimation only hours after the Australian Open final in Melbourne.
With the powerhouse Spaniards due for the 2012 Davis final in the Czech Republic in eight weeks, the timetable could not be more draining for Alex Corretja's men. Also in the mix: doubts on the participation of injured Rafael Nadal, who has yet to resume the current season due to a knee injury after last playing in late June.
Five-time champion Spain is already preparing for the worst for the Feb 1-3 tie. "Canada was one of the strongest opponents we could have drawn, not only for the quality of the team led by Milos Raonic but also for the fact that we are the away team and only a week after the Australian Open," said captain Alex Corretja, after the draw was made this week in London.
"That means another long journey and all the effects of the change in time zone," he told the Spanish federation website. "It will be a tough tie but the important thing right now is to focus on the final we have to play in two months against Czech Republic."
Another huge doubt for Davis Cup 2013 could well be Roger Federer, with the Swiss now reconsidering his autumn schedule after saving his nation once again in the weekend playoff victory over the Netherlands but declaring himself in need of a long holiday. The Swiss will host 2012 finalist the Czech Republic to start next year.
Other players like Federer and Nadal who go deep at the Australian Open could well be too exhausted to participate in Davis Cup play, which has drawn fire for years for what appears to be a never-ending scheduling which takes a big toll on players.
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