• Spain repeats as Davis Cup champions

    12/5/09 7:27 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Spain repeats as Davis Cup champions Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco sealed the victory for Spain on Saturday with a 7-6(7), 7-5, 6-2 victory over Czech doubles team Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych.

    The doubles team from the Czech Republic was meant to be Lukas Dlouhy and Jan Hajek, but after the two Spanish victories on Friday, captain Jaroslav Navratil made a move to play singles players Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych instead.

    The move turned out to be ineffective. The Spanish doubles team of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco worked better together. The first set was quite closely played, even through the tiebreak, which Spain finally won 9-7.

    The second and third sets got progressively easier for the Spaniards. After securing the second set, Spain roared into the third, and jumped out to a 5-1 lead. The crowd, sensing victory, fairly burst with anticipation. The Czechs took Spain’s last service game to deuce, but the Spaniards were resolved – Spain won with 6-2 in the third set.

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spain is clearly the best tennis nation in this decade.

they have the results and depth of players and many players inside the top 30.

well done spain for owning this decade!

attackingtennisrulez , 12/5/09 9:38 PM

vamos espana....

im not from spain but i do have a lot of favourites from this country when it comes to sports.......there's torres,fabregas,casillas,xavi,raul.......then there's fernando alonso....there's pau gasol.....nd there's verdasco,ferrer,ferrero......and RAFAEL NADAL....list goes on and on and on


vrael , 12/6/09 3:18 PM

Can anyone explain to me why Jaroslav Navratil put Berdych and Stepanek down for doubles when he had Dlouhy (who won two doubles grand slams this year, including Roland Garros)? I'm honestly curious to know why he'd do that, especially considering that Stepanek would have been tired from his match against Ferrer the day before.

faem , 12/6/09 4:17 PM

Congrats to Spain. Well done!!

luckystar , 12/6/09 4:59 PM

I was thinking the same thing but I didn't think they had a realistic chance to win going in. Hindsight is always 20/20 but I guess his reasoning was that Steps/Berdy were 5-0 and Steps started out as a great doubles player. The crucial blow was Ferrer's comeback. Had Steps won Spain would have at least felt some pressure. Given that they were down 0-2, if you're trying to win the tie the biggest obstacle was obviously the Steps/Nadal match so Steps really needed to rest Saturday to have a chance. He should have gone with Dloughy definitely even if he paired Berdy with him. Spain would still have won IMO but it could have at least been more interesting.

chr18 , 12/6/09 5:40 PM


alik , 12/6/09 11:56 PM

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