Rafa must be climbing the walls, says Almagro
Date published :
03 Sep 2012 - 21:49:13
Nicolas Almagro figures that Rafael Nadal must be "climbing the walls" after announcing that he will miss Spain's Davis Cup semi-final tie against the United States next week.
Nagging knee problems have already kept Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam champion, from playing in last month's London Olympics and at the US Open, where Almagro was ousted by Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych on Monday.
Asked after his match about Nadal, Spanish compatriot Almagro shared his insight into the injured superstar's state of mind.
"Knowing Rafa like I know him, he will be climbing the walls," Almagro said. "The most important thing is that he will have time to recuperate so he comes back the same player as he was."
Almagro, the 11th seed at Flushing Meadows, figures to replace Nadal in the Spanish squad against the Americans. He said he is waiting for a call from Spanish Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja before he takes anything for certain.
"I will talk to him about how I see the Davis Cup," Almagro said. "If we have the agreement I will play. But first of all I have to talk to him. It would be a great honor to play in the Davis Cup and play for my country."