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Rafael Nadal could return in Davis Cup match against Germany

Nadal celebrates his impending return to world No 1 spot with a recall to Spain's Davis Cup squad

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball during an exibition match the day before the start of the Mexico ATP 500 Tennis Open in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mex
Image: Rafael Nadal has been out since January

Rafael Nadal could return from injury for Spain's Davis Cup quarter-final against Germany next month.

The 31-year-old has not played since January, after a hip injury forced him to retire during his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic.

Nadal was scheduled to play in last month's ATP 500 Acapulco in Mexico but withdrew due to a recurrence of his hip injury.

Nadal could be set to make his first appearance in the Davis Cup since featuring in a World Group play-off win over India in 2016.

Nadal is set to return to action as the world No 1, after Roger Federer's second-round loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis in Miami.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after a point against Marin Cilic during their men's singles quarter-finals match at the 2018 Australian Open
Image: Nadal is set to return from a hip problem next month in the Davis Cup

Spanish captain Sergi Bruguera told the Spanish Federation website: "Rafa is getting better and training more. There is still a week and a half to start the matches and there is time."

Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer complete the Spanish team to take on Germany in Valencia over the weekend of April 6-8.

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The winner of the tie will meet either France or Italy in the semi-finals. In the other two quarter-finals, Croatia play Kazakhstan and the United States take on Belgium.

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