Skip to main content

Nadal steers Spanish to brink of victory

  • Story Highlights
  • Defending champions Spain lead Serbia 2-1 in Davis Cup last 16 encounter
  • Last year's beaten finalists Argentina beat Netherlands 3-0 to reach quarters
  • Croatia win their doubles rubber on Saturday to complete 3-0 victory over Chile
  • Next Article in World Sport »
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

(CNN) -- World number one Rafael Nadal brought defending champions Spain to the brink of victory in their Davis Cup last 16 match at home to Serbia, crushing Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets in Benidorm.

Nadal was in convincing form to help Spain move closer to the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Nadal was in convincing form to help Spain move closer to the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Nadal brushed Tipsarevic aside 6-1 6-0 6-2, taking 10 consecutive games in the process, leaving the hosts needing just one more victory to reach the quarterfinals.

Earlier, David Ferrer sent the home fans into a frenzy by outplaying world number three Novak Djokovic, who made a remarkable 68 unforced errors, 6-3 6-3 7-6 to give Spain a perfect start.

However, Serbia gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a surprise victory in the doubles as Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic scored a 7-6 6-4 7-6 victory over Tommy Robredo and Feliciano Lopez, to leave Spain 2-1 ahead.

All three matches were played on Saturday after the opening day fell victim to gale force winds in the Costa Blanca resort. The 14,000-seater Parque Tematico Terra Mitica stadium was deemed unsafe for play when 90kmh (55mph) winds damaged part of the arena.

Elsewhere, last year's beaten finalists Argentina secured their place in the last eight with a convincing 3-0 victory over the Netherlands in Buenos Aires.

Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco had put the South Americans in control with singles wins on Friday and the doubles pairing of Martin Vassallo Arguello and Lucas Arnold Ker completed the job by winning the doubles rubber.

Croatia are also through to the quarterfinals. Like Argentina, they led Chile 2-0 on Friday, and secured their place when Mario Ancic and Marin Cilic -- the singles winners -- combined to take the doubles rubber.

Nine-times champions France are struggling to qualify after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Richard Gasquet and Michael Llodra 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-2 to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead in Ostrava.

Stepanek will meet Gilles Simon on Sunday in a bid to clinch the encounter and prevent the French from reaching their fifth straight quarterfinal, where Argentina are set to provide the opposition.

The United States and Switzerland are level at 1-1 after the singles rubbers in Birmingham, Alabama, while Russia lead Romania 2-1 in Bucharest after the home side fought back to take the doubles rubber after losing both matches on Friday.

Germany have edged ahead of local rivals Austria 2-1 in Garmisch after Nicolas Kiefer and Philipp Kohlschreiber won the doubles rubber.

Meanwhile, Sweden are 2-1 ahead of Israel in Malmo in a match marred by clashes outside the stadium between police and demonstrators opposed to Israel's recent offensive in Gaza.

  • E-mail
  • Save
  • Print