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Spain are unchanged for Cup climax

Moya is likely to play singles along with Ferrero against the U.S.

MADRID, Spain -- Spain have named an unchanged team for next month's Davis Cup final against the United States in Seville as they bid to secure a second title in five years.

World No. 5 Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero, teenager Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo secured a 4-1 win over France in September's semifinal.

Spain, who won the Davis Cup in 2000 and reached the finals last year but lost to Australia in Melbourne, host the event on December 3-5 in the southern city.

Moya and Ferrero, who has been struggling with form this year, are likely to play the singles rubbers with Nadal and Robredo continuing their doubles partnership.

A vociferous capacity crowd of about 22,000 is expected to cheer them on at the converted Olympic stadium.

The team chose low-altitude Seville, and red clay courts, to minimise the impact of their American opponents' big serves, among them Andy Roddick, who holds the world record at 155mph (249kph).

Spain's top singles players Ferrero and Moya learned their trade on slow clay courts and do not have such fast serves.

World No. 2 Roddick said the U.S. team, which has not been in the final since 1997, would be the underdogs, facing one of the best teams in the world.

Former world No. 1 Ferrero has suffered with injury, however, and after losing his first match in October's Madrid Masters said he would not play again until the Davis Cup.

Martinez misses out

Former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez was again left out of Spain's Fed Cup team to play France in the semifinals in Moscow this month.

Anabel Medina Garrigues, Marta Marrero, Maria Sanchez Lorenzo and Virginia Ruano Pascual -- the same team which overcame Belgium in the quarterfinals -- was named on Tuesday for the tie starting on November 24.

Martinez, who helped Spain win all five of its Fed Cup titles, was dropped because of poor form after winning all three points in the first-round defeat of Switzerland.

She hasn't played since the U.S. Open.

Austria face Russia in the other semifinal and the final will be played at the same Moscow venue immediately after the semis.

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