Nadal not the only all-star absent from Davis Cup final

Rafael Nadal will be the most conspicuous absence when the Davis Cup final between Spain and Argentina gets under way Friday, but several other fallen stars also won't play this weekend.

Originally Published: November 19, 2008
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

In theory, two players are all a country needs to win the Davis Cup. In practice, it almost never works out that way.

The drumbeat nature of the competition demands adaptability. Each annual Davis Cup competition takes place during the course of 10 months, and even the winning nation finds itself back in the first round just three months later. Inevitably, all teams have times when their top players are injured or absent. The hallmark of a consistently successful nation is one that ...

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