Novak Djokovic's Serbia captain responds to Rafa Nadal's Davis Cup absence ahead of clash

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Djokovic and Nadal were expected to face off in next month’s Davis Cup Finals group stage when Serbia and Spain were drawn in the same group back in April. But the world No 3 was noticeably absent from his country’s five-man squad when it was announced on Monday, while the 21-time Major champion will be in Valencia to represent Serbia.

The world No 6’s team captain has now responded after learning his nation will not need to get through Nadal as they bid for a spot in November’s Davis Cup Finals, and claimed that the squad never expected the 36-year-old to play. “We know all the Spanish players as they know us, there are no hidden cards, everything is as clear as day,” former pro Viktor Troicki said per Danas.

While the former world No 12 wasn’t surprised Nadal was skipping the group stage, he thought the 22-time Grand Slam champion would be back with his team if Spain reached the Finals week in November, adding: “We didn’t expect Nadal, he might join their team in Malaga in November, but we did all the others on the list.”

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