The Davis at the end of the tunnel

Pablo Carreño wants to close successfully in Madrid a 2019 marked by injuries: "Davis is a prize for all the effort I have made."


"He played again." Pablo Carreño snorts as he remembers a first half of the infernal season. The youngest player (28 years old) of the Sergi Bruguera quintet in the final phase of the Davis Cup that starts Monday in Madrid began the 24th year of the world "with very high expectations", but the body did not respond. A right shoulder injury forced him to rule out six tournaments and then lost in four first rounds. Downhill, in August it came to slide until the 69th of the ranking and play previous to access the 1,000 Masters. Hard for someone who in 2017 accessed the top-ten.

"It has been difficult, you see that things do not come out, you get injured again, do not chain three tournaments in a row ... and I need to have a rhythm of competition. Luckily, from Wimbledon things changed," recalls the Gijon, who finally managed to break his bad streak in September winning the Chengdu tournament. Now, he is already 27th in the table, which will allow him to be seeded in the next Australian Open.

After the tunnel, the light has been appearing little by little. And in the end there is a beautiful salad bowl that you will try to play for the first time. Nadal, Feliciano and Granollers have already conquered it. He and Baptist, no. "The Davis was an objective at the beginning of the year, but as it was it was quite complicated. Now I am perfect," he warns, although three weeks ago he retired in Vienna. "I had discomfort in my back and wanted to be one hundred percent here. Finally this is a prize for all the effort I have made," says the disciple of Samuel Lopez.

Carreño lived precisely his first experience in the competition for countries in the Caja Mágica, in 2013, where he came from sparring a team that led Nadal in a permanence playoff. He is now his partner. "The first strong memory I have of tennis is that of Ferrero's point against Hewitt, which was the first Salad Bowl in Barcelona. Davis has always made me look forward to representing the country. He has to play," he says, looking back, with the luminous look of those who want to give the bad luck that haunted him at once.

Game height

Your contest can be very important. The individuals seem destined for Nadal and Baptist. But the number one physicist will arrive very fair from the Masters. "It may cost them to catch up with Madrid with few days of preparation. Physically, I'm fine and looking forward to it," he says. It is also an option for doubles. Bruguera aligned him with Feliciano against Britain successfully. For Carreño, 2019 may still have a good closure after torture. Davis to gain momentum in 2020.

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