Nadal's efficient, brilliant shotmaking propels Spain into final

Not even an ailing posterior could prevent Rafael Nadal from a near-flawless performance. At a historic bullring in Madrid, the world No. 1 bludgeoned American Andy Roddick in straight sets to propel the Spaniards into the Davis Cup final.

Updated: September 22, 2008, 12:04 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MADRID -- Rafael Nadal's Spanish Davis Cup teammates tried to hoist him onto their shoulders after he secured their trip to the finals, but they teetered under his larger-than-life weight.

"He's heavier than I thought," Feliciano Lopez said after the human cargo nearly bent him double.

Nadal still is able to ignite his considerable mass with terrific energy even in the final quarter of an extremely physical but rewarding fiscal year. He was merely professionally ...

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