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Carlos Moya quits as Spain Davis Cup captain

Carlos Moya has quit the role of Spain's Davis Cup captain following their embarrassing World Group relegation.

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The five-time Davis Cup winners - all of which came since 2000 - will have to fight their way into a World Group play-off in 2015 after losing their tie with Brazil 3-1 on Sunday.

It is the first time Spain have been lower than World Group status since 1996, as they prepare to play their way through Euro-Africa Zone Group I.

Spain have 10 top-50 players on the ATP World Tour in their ranks, but they struggled without top-five stars Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer in Sao Paulo.

Moya, 38, called it quits after less than a year in the role.

"As you may know I will not be the captain of the Davis Cup in 2015, difficult decision, thanks for your messages of support, it has been a pleasure," Moya tweeted on Thursday.

Spain only have to win one tie against either Russia or Denmark - both of whom they will have to travel to face - in July 2015 to get back into the play-offs, but it will be a year spent in the Davis Cup wilderness for a traditional powerhouse.

In the running to replace Moya is another former world number one, Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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