New captain Moya plotting Spain victory in Germany

Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:28pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) - When Carlos Moya was climbing to the top of the world rankings he was used to having an entourage of coaches, physios and practice partners tending to his every need.

Top tennis players are among the most indulged sportsmen and women but, as Spain's latest Davis Cup captain, Moya is now seeing life from the other side of the fence.

The 37-year-old takes charge of his first Davis Cup tie this weekend, trying to plot Spain's path through a testing World Group first-round tie against Germany in Frankfurt.

Even without world number one and fellow Mallorcan Rafa Nadal and Spanish number two David Ferrer, Moya still has an enviable array of talent at his disposal and selecting the best combinations has been a new challenge.

Not to mention organizing the practice, warm-ups, tactics, meal times and various other unseen duties.

"It's different definitely, you have a team of 15 guys around you that you have to manage every one, trying to put all the pieces together," Moya said in a TV interview.

"Then not being to go out on to court to play, that's different too although I'm already getting used to it."

The role of a captain often goes unnoticed when things go well but get it wrong and they often take the blame so Moya's decision to trust debutant Roberto Bautista Agut, ranked 52nd in the world, with Friday's opening singles against experienced Philipp Kohlschreiber is a bold one.   Continued...

Carlos Moya of Spain returns the ball during his farewell exhibition tennis match against Guillermo Canas of Argentina in Buenos Aires, December 19, 2010. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci