Spain has shown in this ATP Cup that without Rafa Nadal, your number one, nor Carlos Alcaraz, the great hope of Navy tennis, already charismatic and exciting, is able to present a team with aspirations, even without counting on its best doubles players, Marcel Granollers and Feliciano López. Pablo Carreño and, above all, Roberto Bautista, embroidered it in the three qualifying rounds of group A, and the pair that Alejandro Davidovich and Pedro Martínez formed against Chile and Norway showed that they have the ropes to compete. As it is, the National Team is played this Friday (7:30, #Vamos) against Poland for the pass to the final, which would be the second for the Navy after 2020, when they fell to Serbia. Last year, he did not make it past that penultimate round by losing to Italy.
If there are no changes, Carreño will play against Kamil Majchrzak, whom he has not faced in an ATP match but in a 2015 Challenger, in Morocco, where the Pole clearly beat (6-1 and 6-1). “Yes, it was a match on clay, a bad match of mine,” he said smiling. “I remember it, but I think it will be different. Now we play hard court, indoors, and I know that I am better than six years ago. I suppose so did he, but I have done a lot of good results in these years, and I feel more comfortable than the first days. I think I’m ready to fight and ready to play this game. I know it will be difficult, of course. They are semifinals, but if I do my job, if I play at my level, I will have a chance to beat him. “
Bautista, for his part, will be seen with another top-10, as a few days ago when he measured with the Norwegian Ruud and beat him. It’s Hubert Hurkacz (9th), whom he dominates 2-0 in the face to face. “I think he’s a better player now. He has a great serve. I think I have to focus on myself, on my game. I have to play aggressive, be solid, and if I do my things well, I will have a chance of winning the game. “
Care and concentration
The series against Poland, which also shone in the group stage (3-0), is seen as feasible by the Spanish leaders. “We have to be careful, but thinking that we can do it. We have a very good team., and if we continue like today, I think we have a good chance of winning the final “, says the Gijón.” They have a strong team, but as Pablo said, we have to be very focused on ourselves, on our game, and if we play well and We do our job well, we will have a chance of winning, “reaffirms the Castellón native. In the bedroom, the doubles of Davidovich and Martínez, with the option of Carreño, a good doubles player, if necessary, ready to come to the rescue.