Nadal to play in Davis Cup semis

Rafael Nadal will play for Spain in its Davis Cup semifinal against France next week.

The reigning U.S. and French Open champion and former world No. 1 star skipped the quarterfinals back in July when the Spaniards beat the United States 3-1 in Austin, Texas.

Spain, which is captained by former French Open champ Albert Costa, will host the French on red clay at Plaza de Toros in Cordoba. Costa will also have fifth-ranked David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez at his disposal. This is the same lineup that captured the Davis Cup title two years ago.

The best-of-five tie will be staged from September 16-18.

France was last year's runner-up to Serbia. Captained by Guy Forget, the proud Davis Cup nation will head to Cordoba with Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet ready to play.

Spain, which has won four of the last 11 Davis Cups, is 5-2 all-time versus France, a nine-time titlist seeking its first championship in 10 years.

The France-Spain winner will meet the Argentina-Serbia victor in the final in December.