Day one of the Spain vs Germany tie is done and it sounds like it was an exciting day. Per the Davis Cup site the Verdasco/Beck match was a rollercoaster and the score sure looks that way. Verdasco went out to an easy 1 set lead by serving Beck a bagel in just 21 minutes. Beck fought back, however, and took the next two sets. It was then Verdasco’s turn to take things up a gear and he came roaring back to decisively take the last two sets.
It was rough going for Robredo who was broken once in each set and lost in straights to Kohlschreiber. So, day one of the rubber ends with things tied up at 1 each.
Verdasco defeated Beck: 6-0 3-6 6-7(4-7) 6-2 6-1
Robredo lost to Kohlschreiber: 3-6 4-6 4-6
Today was the often crucial doubles match and Nando and Feli came through in style – how else? In the bits I could see before my stream died, they were playing crisp doubles tennis. They’ve been a team for quite a while now and seem to suit each other well on court. They beat Kiefer/Zverev 6-3 7-6(7-1) 6-7(6-8) 6-3.
I didn’t get to watch much today, but did see the end of the Verdacso/Kohlschreiber match. Oye. Nando fought back from a 2 sets to love deficit, but just couldn’t pull it out in the end. It was his third day of tennis in a row and it was showing. He lost 4-6 2-6 6-1 6-2 6-8. I had to leave right after that and missed the last match. Ferrero stepped in for Robredo and gave Spain the match they needed to clinch the tie – defeating Beck 6-4 6-4 6-4. He’s having a wonderful year and it’s great he was able to play such a pivotal part in this year’s DC.
Next up for Spain is Israel who spent the weekend demolishing team Russia.