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Nadal helps Spain take 2-0 Davis Cup lead
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Nadal helps Spain take 2-0 Davis Cup lead

Sep 14 2013, 12:36am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Sep 14 (IANS) Rafael Nadal showed once again that fatigue and jetlag don't exist for him, as he helped Spain take a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie against Ukraine Friday in the Caja Magica here.

Madrid, Sep 14 — Rafael Nadal showed once again that fatigue and jetlag don't exist for him, as he helped Spain take a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie against Ukraine Friday in the Caja Magica here...

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Nadal helps Spain take 2-0 Davis Cup lead

Sep 14 2013, 12:36am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Sep 14 (IANS) Rafael Nadal showed once again that fatigue and jetlag don't exist for him, as he helped Spain take a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie against Ukraine Friday in the Caja Magica here.

Madrid, Sep 14 — Rafael Nadal showed once again that fatigue and jetlag don't exist for him, as he helped Spain take a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie against Ukraine Friday in the Caja Magica here.

In the run up to the match that Spain needed to win to remain in the World Group, Nadal had spoken of his tiredness after winning the last three competitions he had played in, the last being Monday's triumph at the US Open, reports Xinhua.

He had not returned to Spain until Wednesday and had admitted tiredness. He also said he was willing to play singles if captain Alex Corretja asked him to.

Unwilling to leave his top player on the sidelines is exactly what Corretja did. He was rewarded by a thundering display from Nadal, who looked to be very much a man in a hurry as he won the first two sets of his rubber against Sergiy Stakhovski 6-0, 6-0 in just 56 minutes Friday.

It was not until the first game of the third set that Stakhovski won a game and the Ukrainian showed his sense of humour by celebrating as if he had won the match.

That saw a slight recovery from Stakhovski and it was not until the ninth game that Nadal was able to get the decisive service break to move 5-4 ahead and then serve out to claim the rubber 6-0, 6-0, 6-4.

Nadal has now won his last 21 singles matches.

The day had threatened to get off to a bad start for Spain as local boy Fernando Verdasco lost the opening set of the first rubber against Aleksandr Dolgopolov.

Dolgopolov won the opening set 6-3 before Verdasco fought back to a four-set victory 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in a match which won't be remembered for the brilliant play of either of the players, who committed a total of 103 unforced errors between them.

Verdasco had been a surprise choice to play in singles ahead of Tommy Robredo, who has been in good form off late but he was able to show the virtue of committing just 38 unforced errors to his rival's 65 which was enough to put Spain ahead.

Saturday sees the doubles tie and should the pair of Robredo and Marc Lopez win, Spain will have assured their Davis Cup place for next year.

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Israel takes 2-1 lead vs Argentina in Davis Cup

Sep 13 2014 5:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SUNRISE, Fla. — Led by the doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel took a 2-1 lead over Argentina on Saturday afternoon in a best-of-five Davis Cup World Group playoff. Erlich and Ram defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in 91-degree heat at the Sunrise Tennis Center. PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch as Canada looks to close out its Davis Cup tie against Colombia Sunday on Sportsnet 360 starting at 1 p ...
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5 days ago

Israel takes 2-1 lead vs Argentina in Davis Cup

Sep 13 2014 5:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SUNRISE, Fla. — Led by the doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel took a 2-1 lead over Argentina on Saturday afternoon in a best-of-five Davis Cup World Group playoff. Erlich and Ram defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in 91-degree heat at the Sunrise Tennis Center. PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch as Canada looks to close out its Davis Cup tie against Colombia Sunday on Sportsnet 360 starting ...
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5 days ago

Israel takes 2-1 lead vs Argentina in Davis Cup

Sep 13 2014 5:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SUNRISE, Fla. — Led by the doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel took a 2-1 lead over Argentina on Saturday afternoon in a best-of-five Davis Cup World Group playoff. Erlich and Ram defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in 91-degree heat at the Sunrise Tennis Center. PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch as Canada looks to close out its Davis Cup tie again ...
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5 days ago

Israel takes 2-1 lead vs Argentina in Davis Cup

Sep 13 2014 5:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SUNRISE, Fla. — Led by the doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel took a 2-1 lead over Argentina on Saturday afternoon in a best-of-five Davis Cup World Group playoff. Erlich and Ram defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in 91-degree heat at the Sunrise Tennis Center. PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch as Canada looks to close out its Davis Cup tie against Col ...
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5 days ago

Israel takes 2-1 lead vs Argentina in Davis Cup

Sep 13 2014 5:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SUNRISE, Fla. — Led by the doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel took a 2-1 lead over Argentina on Saturday afternoon in a best-of-five Davis Cup World Group playoff. Erlich and Ram defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in 91-degree heat at the Sunrise Tennis Center. PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch as Canada looks to close out its Davis Cup tie against Colombia Sunday on Sportsnet 360 starting at 1 p.m. EST / ...
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Israel takes 2-1 lead vs Argentina in Davis Cup

Sep 13 2014 5:50pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SUNRISE, Fla. — Led by the doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel took a 2-1 lead over Argentina on Saturday afternoon in a best-of-five Davis Cup World Group playoff. Erlich and Ram defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in 91-degree heat at the Sunrise Tennis Center. PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch as Canada looks to close out its Davis Cup tie against Colombia Sunday on Sportsnet 360 starting at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST Ram pulled a muscle ...
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Brazil wins doubles, takes 2-1 lead over Spain

Sep 13 2014 3:50pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo defeated Marc Lopez and David Marrero 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 to give Brazil a 2-1 lead over Spain in a Davis Cup playoff on Saturday, leaving the five-time champions in danger of dropping to zonal play for the first time since 1996. Brazil had key breaks late in all three sets to clinch the victory in 2 hours, 35 minutes at the Ibirapuera indoor arena. The hosts broke for 5-3 in the first set, and held on after going up 6-5 in the last two. ...
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5 days ago

Brazil wins doubles, takes 2-1 lead over Spain

Sep 13 2014 3:50pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo defeated Marc Lopez and David Marrero 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 to give Brazil a 2-1 lead over Spain in a Davis Cup playoff on Saturday, leaving the five-time champions in danger of returning to the zone groups for the first time since 1996. Brazil had key breaks late in all three sets to clinch the victory in 2 hours, 35 minutes, at the Ibirapuera indoor arena. Without Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, Spain needs to win both reverse singles on ...
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5 days ago

Brazil wins doubles, takes 2-1 lead over Spain

Sep 13 2014 3:50pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo defeated Marc Lopez and David Marrero 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 to give Brazil a 2-1 lead over Spain in a Davis Cup playoff on Saturday, leaving the five-time champions in danger of returning to the zone groups for the first time since 1996. Brazil had key breaks late in all three sets to clinch the victory in 2 hours, 35 minutes, at the Ibirapuera indoor arena. Without Rafael Nad ...
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5 days ago

Brazil wins doubles, takes 2-1 lead over Spain

Sep 13 2014 3:50pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo defeated Marc Lopez and David Marrero 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 to give Brazil a 2-1 lead over Spain in a Davis Cup playoff on Saturday, leaving the five-time champions in danger of dropping to zonal play for the first time since 1996. Brazil had key breaks late in all three sets to clinch the victory in 2 hours, 35 minutes at the Ibirapuera indoor arena. The hosts broke for 5-3 in the f ...
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