Sunday, September 20, 2009
Spain caps 4-1 Davis Cup win vs. Israel
MADRID -- Spain completed a 4-1 win over
Israel in their Davis Cup semifinal in Murcia on Sunday after
the teams secured a win apiece in the reverse singles.
Victories for David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero on Friday
and a win in Saturday's doubles had already put the Spanish
through to their fifth final in 10 years, a home clash against
Czech Republic on Dec. 4-6.
On Sunday, Ferrer beat Andy Ram 6-3, 6-1 and Harel Levy
defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-2.
Spain, winners in 2000, 2004 and 2008, have won its last
17 home ties and its last 19 on clay and are favorites to win
again in December when top-10 pair Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco should return from injury.
In Porec, Czech Republic also recorded a 4-1 victory over
Croatia. Jan Hajek eased past Croatia's Roko Karanusic 7-6, 6-4
and Lovro Zovko beat Lukas Dlouhy 6-3, 6-4 to win a consolation
point for Croatia.
Czech Republic is playing in its first Davis Cup final.
The former Czechoslovakia beat Italy in the 1980 final.