SPAIN OUT FOR US REVENGE
Spain co-captains Juan Avendano and Jordi Arrese have stoked the fires ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup final by vowing to take revenge on the USA.
Avendano and Arrese still have bitter memories of Spain's quarter-final defeat in Houston in 2002, a match in which the hosts were accused of a lack of sportsmanship.
"They treated us very badly there and the Americans' way of acting was not what we were expecting," Avendano said.
Arrese added: "I have been in the Davis Cup for 20 years as a player and now as captain and I have never been treated as badly as we were treated in Houston.
"They acted as if they thought they were the kings of the world, the people at the club were awful towards us and the US team did nothing to stop it.
"We didn't even have showers in our dressing rooms, while they had jacuzzis. We even had trouble finding somewhere to go to the toilet."
Avendano believes Spain - who will be represented by Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Robredo and Rafael Nadal - should win on the red clay in Seville but acknowledges the visitors have some quality players.
"Our team have to be favourites, we are first in the world rankings," said Avendano.
"But if we lose to them, it would not be a failure. We are up against the world number two and one of the best doubles pairs in the game."
The world number two in question is big-serving Andy Roddick, who Avendano reckons will play a big role alongside Mardy Fish and doubles brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.
"In theory Roddick should win his two matches and their doubles are better than ours," he said.