Nadal to play for Spain in new Davis Cup

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MADRID (AP) Gerard Pique is not worried about the possible absence of some top players in the revamped Davis Cup, especially since Rafael Nadal has said he will play in the new-look competition when it debuts next year.

The Barcelona defender, who spearheads the company behind the new format of the Davis Cup, said Wednesday that Nadal has told him he will play as long as he is not injured.

"If the No. 1 in the world is playing, that's more than enough," Pique said in the official presentation of Madrid as host of the Davis Cup finals for the next two years. "Rafa is very positive about this event, especially because it is taking place in Madrid."

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