It will be a treat to watch two of Spain's leading names in the world of tennis, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, ply their trade against some of India's best in Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni in the Davis Cup 2016 World Group playoffs. India, placed 20 in the Davis Cup rankings, will take on 14th-ranked Spain in the competition this time around.
The two sides will be up against each other in a Davis Cup tie after 51 years. Spain got past India 4-1 in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie in 1922 in Great Britain, while in 1927, India defeated Spain by a 3-2 margin in a Europe 1st round tie in Spain.
Again in 1965, Spain hosted India in inter-zonal finals and won the tie 3-2.
Spain entered the World Group playoffs following a 4-1 win against Romania in the Davis Cup 2016 Europe/Africa Zone, while India entered the playoffs following a 4-1 victory against Korea in the Davis Cup 2016 Asia/Oceania Zone.
India has been runners-up in the Davis Cup on three occasions -- 1966, 1974, 1987, while Spain has won the tennis tournament on as many as five occasions.
India vs Spain Davis Cup 2016 teams
India: Leander Paes, Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Spain: David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez.
India vs Spain Davis Cup 2016 schedule
|Date||Player A||Player B||Time||Venue|
|Sept. 16||Ramkumar Ramanathan||Rafael Nadal||5 p.m. IST onwards||R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex, New Delhi|
|Sept. 16||Saketh Myneni||David Ferrer||R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex, New Delhi|
|Sept. 17||Leander Paes/Saketh Myneni||Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez||7 p.m. IST||R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex, New Delhi|
|Sept. 18||Saketh Myneni||Rafael Nadal||5 p.m. IST onwards||R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex, New Delhi|
|Sept. 18||Ramkumar Ramanathan||David Ferrer||R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex, New Delhi|
Doordarshan (India), BBC, British EuroSport (UK), TVE (Spain).