Rafa might not be playing this tie, but he’s there cheering his team on and talking to Rosana. Ferrer won the first rubber against Harel Levy in just one hour and 53 minutes with a score of 6-1 6-4 6-3. Ferrero took care of Sela 6-4 6-2 6-0 in two hours and 26 minutes. On Saturday, Lopez and Robredo sealed the deal by winning the doubles in 4 exciting sets: 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 6-4 6-2. The weekend wrapped up with 2 dead rubbers: Ferrer def. Ram 6-3 6-1; Levy def. Lopez 7-5 6-2.
Spain is through to the Davis Cup finals where they will take on the Czech Republic at home where Albert Costa will have to decide on which players to put on the team. Given the depth of the Spanish bench, that’s either an enviable or difficult task.
As the custodian of the most powerful squad of players currently in world tennis, Costa must decide which four men will carry Spain’s colours into December’s final against Czech Republic. The four players who beat Israel 4-1 this past weekend formed a coherent unit, but it’s highly likely that only two will survive into December’s final, for the crushing of Israel was achieved without the country’s two top-tenners, Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco. Yet a sign of the team spirit that exists among the Spaniards was the fact that both injured men sat through all three live rubbers on Friday and Saturday, a gesture of solidarity with their team that went beyond the call of duty.
If fit, Nadal has to be a definite for the final, and Verdasco ought also to be among the four. Not only is Verdasco having his best-ever year – a run to the top ten that was launched when he won the winning point for Spain in last year’s final in Argentina – but he and Feliciano Lopez are the best doubles combination at Costa’s disposal. That suggests that Lopez will make the starting line-up but Tommy Robredo is likely to miss out.