5 Mar 2009

Nadal returns to action this week

8:50 am on 5 March 2009

The world men's tennis number one Rafael Nadal will make his return from injury when Spain begin the defence of their Davis Cup crown against Serbia this weekend.

Nadal hasn't played since losing to Andy Murray in the Rotterdam final almost 3 weeks ago because of a knee injury.

The 2009 Davis Cup gets under way with eight first-round ties this week.

Champions Spain are without Australian Open semi-finalist, and 2008 Davis Cup hero, Fernando Verdasco because of injury but are otherwise at full strength.

In the other first round matches... Argentina play the Netherlands, the Czech Republic play France, the USA play Switzerland, Croatia play Chile, Sweden play Israel, Romania play Russia and Germany play Austria.