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Spain wins Davis Cup playoff

Updated: September 14, 2013, 4:48 PM ET
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MADRID -- US Open champion Rafael Nadal helped Spain win its doubles match Saturday and capture its Davis Cup World Group playoff against Ukraine.

The world's No. 2 player teamed with Marc Lopez to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky and Denys Molchanov 6-2, 6 (6)-7, 6-3, 6-4, giving Spain a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

"We played at a good level," Nadal said. "In my case, I had a moment I felt tired but later we were able to recover. We achieved our goal and that's the important thing."

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