Spain miss stars for cup defence

Champions Spain will go into this month's Davis Cup final against Czech Republic with just one of the players who helped them to their success.

World number five David Ferrer is the sole survivor from last year's final win over Argentina after the four-man squads were on Tuesday named for the November 16-18 final in Prague.

With injury again robbing the defending champions of Rafael Nadal, they will retain the same squad that beat the United States in the semi-finals.

Ferrer is therefore joined by 11th-ranked Nicolas Almagro as well as doubles duo Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.

Like Ferrer, Granollers and Lopez are currently in action at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.

Tomas Berdych, also in action this week, headlines a Czech team that is set to rely on the world number six and veteran Radek Stepanek.

The duo have single-handedly secured the Czech's passage to the final, having claimed all of their live tie successes in this year's competition.

Lukas Rosol, who famously knocked Nadal out of Wimbledon in the second round this year, and Ivo Minar complete a Czech squad looking for their first David Cup title since becoming an independent nation.

The final, which will determine the winner of the 100th edition of the famous competition, will be played indoors on hard courts at Prague's O2 Arena.