It used to be easy to run the Spanish clay-court armada aground - just lay down a fast carpet and put a roof over it. But with Moya, the French Open winner, having reached the semi-finals of the United States Open and Corretja having enjoyed his best hard court season, Spain cannot be regarded as one-surface wonders.
"We are not just clay court specialists," Manuel Santana, the Spanish captain, said. "Carlos Moya, in particular, has shown he can adapt quickly to any surface and so I am sure we can do well. The surface is very fast but we are optimistic."
If there is a weak link in the Spanish line-up it could be the doubles pairing of Julian Alonso and Javier Sanchez. Spain have not won a Davis Cup doubles rubber for more than two years - by contrast, Jonas Bjorkman and Nicklas Kulti have made Davis Cup Saturdays a time for celebration in Sweden. Bjorkman, the World No 13 who almost single-handedly pulled Sweden through their quarter-final against Germany by winning three matches, said: "Spain are a strong team but at home with the crowd behind you, you always want to play your best."
Carl-Axel Hageskog, the Sweden captain, has called up the 23-year-old Thomas Johansson, the United States Open quarter-finalist, for his first taste of Davis Cup action. Johansson meets Carlos Moya in the second singles match, and Hageskog said: "He's ready for the big moment."
Johansson agreed. "Yes, I'm ready," he said. "I'm very happy to be one of the singles players. I like the indoor court. It's getting faster and faster. The low bounce is important for us."
At the age of 10, Johansson was a ball boy when Stefan Edberg clinched Sweden's 1988 quarter-final victory over Czechoslovakia at Norrkoping, not too far away from his home town of Linkoping.
"That's when I saw a Davis Cup match live for the first time," Johansson recalled. "After that I followed almost every Davis Cup final. It's going to be a very special feeling to play Spain in Stockholm."Reuse content