Madrid - Rafael Nadal celebrates his impending return to world No 1 spot
with a recall Tuesday to Spain's Davis Cup team for the quarter-final
tie against Germany.
Nadal, who will top the latest world rankings
to be released Monday, rejoins the squad for the first time since 2016
for the April 6-8 tie, team captain Sergi Bruguera announced.
16-time Grand Slam winner is certain to take over from Roger Federer as
world number one after the shock defeat of the Swiss ace in the second
round of the Miami Masters on Saturday.
Bruguera said that the
31-year-old was recovering well from an injury to his right leg that has
sidelined him since he pulled out of the Australian Open in January.
February, he pulled out of the Mexican Open just hours before his
"I have kept in touch with him and he is going from
strength to strength and he is feeling good after his convalescence and
he is training more," said Bruguera.
Nadal last appeared for Spain in the Davis Cup in September 2016.
Carreno, Roberto Bautista, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez line up
with Nadal for the tie on clay in Valencia, eastern Spain.
winner of the tie will meet either France or Italy in the semi-final. In
the other two quarter-finals, Croatia play Kazakhstan and the United
States play Belgium.
Nadal, who turns 32 in June, ended 2017 as
the oldest year-end world No 1 in the 45-year history of the ATP
rankings. He lost the top ranking to Federer in February.