Davis Cup 2011
December 2, 2011 by staff
Playing on his favorite clay surface before a rowdy crowd at the Olympic Stadium, Nadal got Spain’s bid for a third trophy in four years off to a good start with a 6-1 6-1 6-2 destruction of 26th-ranked Monaco, the world number two’s training partner.
Nadal told a news conference he tried to lift Monaco’s spirits in the dressing room after the match.
“He hasn’t played that bad as to get that result but it’s just I have made very few mistakes,” the 10-times grand slam champion said.
“He’s one of my best friends and I was in the locker room talking with him. He knew it was because I played especially well and not because he played especially bad.”
As night fell over the Andalucian capital, the tenacious Ferrer fought back from two sets to one down to beat Del Potro 6-2 6-7 3-6 6-4 6-3 after almost five hours of attritional tennis and send the red and yellow clad home support into raptures.
Needing to win Saturday’s doubles and Sunday’s two reverse singles in the best-of-five tie, Argentina face a seemingly impossible task to secure a first Davis Cup trophy in their fourth final with Nadal apparently unbeatable on the red dust.
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