With the presence of Carreo assured against Medvedev, Bruguera decided between the experience and aptitude on the fast track or the suggestive balance in the face to face with the Russian number two.
- First working day Spain suffers against Ecuador, but prevails by three wins to zero
Solved, with difficulties and two sets yielded along the way, the first match, against Ecuador, awaits this Sunday (4:00 p.m., Let’s go) the powerful Russia, the main favorite to win the Davis Cup for the third time. The happy ending, already in the early hours of Saturday, with the triumph of Carreo and Granollers in the doubles match and the long-awaited 3-0 aggregate with which to be able to bid for the classification to the quarterfinals in the event that Spain is second in the group, does not hide the limitations of the team, deprived of three of its four more tennis players qualified. Pablo Carreo, the great winner of the day, was at the limit before Emilio gmez149 in the world, and he did not escape the burdens of his association with Granollers.
The job was easier for Feliciano Lopez, who opened the tie with a comfortable victory over the Ecuadorian number two, Roberto Quiroz, 291 on the ladder. At 40, the Toledo recovers a leading role against the drift of casualties. Without Nadal, Baptist neither Alcaraz, Spain has problems putting together a competitive formation. No one doubts that Pablo Carreo will today have the mission of measuring himself against Daniil Medvedev, whom he beat in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Games on his way to the bronze medal, but there are more doubts about the one chosen by Sergi Bruguera for the second singles match, against Andrey rublev.
On one side is the pedigree of Feliciano, 106 in the world, already the only Spaniard who has played the Davis Cup in 15 editions and a five-time winner of the tournament. The southpaw, originally recruited for the doubles, has experience and aptitude on fast surfaces, but has in his due the low competitive pace of a course where he has only won nine of his 29 games. Director of the Mutua Madrid Open, Lpez continues to play tennis almost for the love of art. His passion has allowed him to play 79 Grand Slam tournaments, only two less than Roger Federer. Since his debut in 2003, pairing with Lex Corretja in the Melbourne final against Australia, he has played 30 Davis Cup qualifiers, with seven wins and nine losses in singles. He lost his only game to Rublev, earlier this season, in the second round of the Australian Open: 7-5, 6-2 and 6-3.
Without detracting from Pedro Martinez, the player who has replaced Carlos Alcaraz, the alternative that Bruguera has is Albert Ramos, who joined the team after Bautista’s injury. Barcelons have been present in four heats, the last of them against France, in the World Group semifinals, still with the old competition format, in 2018. They present a balance of five wins and two losses. Three of his triumphs came, however, with the qualifying rounds already settled. He is 33 years old, he is number 45 in the world and last summer he won the ATP 250 of Estoril. The most striking thing is his face to face with Rublev. He has lost three of his four games to the Russian, but in all those they played he won at least one set. The only triumph dates from the first round of Wimbledon in 2017, where he prevailed in five sets. The closest reference is the last 16 of the Earl of God, where he bowed in three.
Rublev, number five in the world, had more difficulties than expected to leave behind Roberto Quiroz, whom he defeated 6-3, 4-6 and 6-1. His formidable qualities are sometimes tempered by a volcanic temper and a self-destructive point. Medvedev only conceded two games to Emilio Gmez: 6-0 and 6-2.
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