Tennis: Spain beat Israel in Davis Cup

2009-09-21 00:00

MURCIA (Spain) — Spain finished off a 4-1 defeat of Israel yesterday with the visiting Middle East tennis minnow nation winning the concluding rubber as emphasis shifted to the battle to determine which city will host December’s Davis Cup final with the Czech Republic.

David Ferrer beat Andy Ram 6-3 6-1 in a meaningless reverse singles while Harel Levy scored a face-saving point for the Israelis as he defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-5 6-2.

The final, to be played from December 4 to December 6, is likely to be played in either Madrid, Barcelona or Malaga, as three-time champion Spain competes in its fifth final in 10 years.

“To play the final at home is incredible, to be in the final again is unbelievable,” said Lopez of the nation which lifted the honours in 2000, 2004 and 2008 over Australia, the U.S. and Argentina respectively.

“We have 17 straight wins in Spain, but we must take it very seriously.”

The weekend was completed as injured Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco both cheered their team-mates on from the stands.

Nadal, healing an abdominal muscle strain, is set to play from September 28 on the ATP in Bangkok.



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