Spain to face Brazil to stay in Davis Cup World Group

Madrid: Spain will take on Brazil Sep 12-14 at an undetermined venue in the South American country to decide which of the two teams will stay in the Davis Cup World Group next season.

"It`s going to be a complicated tie because it`s always hard playing away from home and because, based on my experiences in Brazil, the crowd always really gets into it to support their own and creates a really strong Davis Cup atmosphere," Spanish Davis Cup captain Carlos Moya said Tuesday.

"They have a first-rate doubles team and a player like Thomaz Bellucci who, when he is ready to go and has no injuries, is a clear top-30 player on the world tour," Moya said.

Spanish Tennis Federation president Jose Luis Escañuela, for his part, said the tie against Brazil would be a huge event against a strong rival.

"Experience tells us that playing away from home is a huge obstacle, but I have full confidence that Carlos Moya and our players will win this tie and keep Spain in the World Group. We are going to experience a tie full of passion," Escañuela said.

Spain and Brazil have played each other seven times in the Davis Cup, with the Iberian nation holding a 5-2 record.

The two countries last faced each other in 1999, when Brazil won at CT Lleida.