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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Àlex Corretja
Spain will open the Davis Cup against Canada without injured star Rafael Nadal or regular member David Ferrer.
The Czech Republic won the doubles Saturday to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup final, moving one victory away from its first title as an independent nation.
With Rafael Nadal injured again, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro will lead defending champion Spain for its Davis Cup semifinal against the United States this month.
New Spain captain Alex Corretja remains hopeful that Rafael Nadal will be available to the Davis Cup champions despite the second-ranked Spaniard announcing he won't compete in the event in 2012.
Defending champion Spain has hired former French Open finalist Alex Corretja as its new Davis Cup captain.
Andy Murray split with part-time coaching consultant Alex Corretja and will try to halt the worst skid of his career.
Spain captain Alex Corretja has also called on doubles team Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, while 51st-ranked Albert Ramos will make his debut for the national team.
"It will be as difficult for us as for them," Spain captain Alex Corretja said. "We need to win both. We cannot make a mistake."