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10th November
written by kat

10 November 2004
Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero is aiming to end his disappointing season on a high by helping his country win the Davis Cup against the USA.
Ferrero has been named in the Spain team to contest this year’s final in Seville, along with Tommy Robredo, Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal in what is an unchanged side to that which triumphed over France in the semi-finals.
Ferrero, a former French Open winner and a world number one for several weeks at the end of last season, has suffered a miserable campaign, which culminated in his second round exit at the Madrid Masters.
The Spaniard then opted out of last week’s tournament in Paris to prepare for the Davis Cup, even though those preparations have not been without their problems.
“I have had a bit of a fever, although I will be OK in a day or so,” he said.
“It’s obvious this has not been the best year of my career. I started off well in Australia and Rotterdam, but then all of the problems started.
“First of all I got chicken pox, which complicated everything, and after that I had problems with my ribs.
“After that it was very hard to pick things up again.”
Spain captain Juan Avendano is full of optimism ahead of the final.
“This is the best team we could have picked for the final,” said Avendano.
“Even though the end of the season has not been kind to our players, we hope they all recover their form.
“There are plenty of reasons to think we can win.”

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