India may be the underdogs against mighty Spain in the upcoming Davis Cup World tennis Group Play-off, but the hosts chose to put up a brave face in New Delhi on Tuesday. Spain have brought over a star-studded squad which includes 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, World No.13 David Ferrer and the the doubles duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez. The hosts, on the other hand, have a comparatively insipid squad spearheaded by veteran star Leander Paes.
India will field Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the singles and the relatively inexperienced duo are expected to face an uphill battle against Nadal and Ferrer. To make matters worse, the Indian doubles combination, traditionally the strong point of the hosts, has been weakened by the withdrawal of Rohan Bopanna due to injury. As a result, Paes is expected to take on the might of the Spanish along with the relatively inexperienced Myneni.