Spain seizes lead in Davis playoff

Updated: September 13, 2013, 5:17 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco gave Spain a 2-0 lead over Ukraine in their Davis Cup World Group playoff.

Nadal overwhelmed Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-0, 6-0, 6-4 to secure the second point on the outdoor red clay at the Caja Magica after Verdasco rallied to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

"We have the series in hand, but it's not over," Nadal said. "We accomplished our goal for today and are happy with the wins. Let's see if tomorrow we can get the decisive point."

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