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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 November, 2003, 13:43 GMT
Davis Cup Final - Spain
SPAIN
Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero get some grasscourt practice in Houston
Davis Cup titles: 1
Last victory: 2000
Runners-up: twice
Record v Australia: W 1 L 3
Spain head to Melbourne for their fourth appearance in a Davis Cup Final, having met Australia in the other three.

Their only win came on the clay of Valencia in 1999 and, despite having two players from the world's top 10, Spain will be heavy underdogs on the fast grass surface.

Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya are expected to take the singles duties, with the experienced Alex Corretja teaming up with debutant Feliciano Lopez in the doubles.


JUAN CARLOS FERRERO
Age: 23
World ranking: 2
Davis Cup 2003: Won 4 Lost 1
Davis Cup career: W 11 L 3

  • The 23-year-old rose to the top of the world rankings in 2003, only losing the position to Andy Roddick in the closing stages of the season.

    However, despite his lofty status Ferrero is far from invincible as he showed when losing in straight sets to Argentina's Agustin Calleri in the Davis Cup semi-final.

    And after a season that included a first Grand Slam at the French Open and two Masters Series titles, he has looked tired in recent weeks.


    CARLOS MOYA
    Age: 27
    World ranking: 7
    Davis Cup 2003: Won 5 Lost 0
    Davis Cup career: W 15 L 6

  • After a strong start to the season that saw Moya pick up three titles by July, the former French Open champion has been less impressive since.

    It is telling that his tournament wins came on clay and Moya has never shown any appetite for the grasscourt game, failing to play Wimbledon for the last two years.

    There were signs of some form in Vienna last month when he made the final, losing to Roger Federer, and he has won all five of his Davis Cup rubbers this year.


    ALEX CORRETJA
    Age: 29
    World ranking: 100
    Davis Cup 2003: Won 3 Lost 1
    Davis Cup career: W 20 L 10

  • Corretja has endured a truly dreadful year, at its lowest when he failed to win a match between mid-July and early October with eight consecutive defeats.

    At 29 he seems to be a player in the last days of his career, with injuries a constant problem, and his grasscourt form is almost non-existent.

    He will almost certainly only feature in the doubles but, despite being ranked two in the world in 1999, he is nowhere near that form now and will still need to pick up his game considerably.


    FELICIANO LOPEZ
    Age: 22
    World ranking: 28
    Davis Cup 2003: n/a
    Davis Cup career: n/a

  • With the likes of Corretja and Costa nearing the end of their careers there is still plenty of young talent in Spain, with Lopez possibly ready to break through.

    At 22 he remains inconsistent but there were some good wins in the second half of the year, scoring wins over Jiri Novak, Paradorn Srichaphan and tellingly Mark Philippoussis.

    And, for a Spaniard, Lopez is a relative grasscourt specialist, having made the last 16 at Wimbledon for the last two years.


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