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Draw of Davis Cup still brings out best

Updated: December 3, 2009, 1:40 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

The Davis Cup final between the Czech Republic and defending champion Spain in Barcelona this weekend will take place in its usual time slot, encroaching on both the traditional holidays and a men's tennis "offseason" that has shrunk to little more than a coffee break.

Yet all of the stars from both countries, including an apparently exhausted and demoralized Rafael Nadal, will show up. That's a tribute to the power of the event, which has survived and even prospered despite having ...

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