18 Feb 2011

Nadal back for Spain's Davis Cup tie

7:41 am on 18 February 2011

The tennis world number one Rafa Nadal has recovered from the injury he picked up at the Australian Open and will represent Spain in their Davis Cup world group first-round match against Belgium next month.

Nadal missed Spain's 5-nil loss to France last July, a defeat which ended the four-times winners reign as champions.

After picking up a minor injury in Melbourne that sidelined him for 10 days, he has made himself available for selection alongside David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez for the March the 4th-6th tie in Charleroi.

Spain have dominated the Davis Cup in recent years, winning in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2009 and were runners-up in 2003.

They lead Belgium 2-1 in the pair's head-to-head series and won 5-nil in their most recent meeting in Seville in 2003.