DC: Spain 5; Ukraine 0 [Updated]
It was doubles day in the Spain/Ukraine World Group playoff tie. Both teams did a bit of substituting with Spain putting in Rafa (instead of Robredo) and Stakhovsky joining Molchanov for Ukraine. It was a bit of a gamble because if Team Cuteness wasn’t able to pull it off, Rafa would have to play three days in a row. Spain started out strong taking the first set 6-2, but the gamble looked to be a bit shaky as Ukraine took the second set in a tiebreak. Team Cuteness didn’t let that get their cute selves down, though as they won the next two sets. They earn Spain’s third and deciding point: 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4. Spain will play in the World Group next year.
|M Lopez/R Nadal||D Molchanov/S Stakhovsky|
|1st Serve %||73%||63%|
|1st Serve Points Won||64/86 (74%)||59/82 (72%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||31/32 (97%)||22/49 (45%)|
|Break Points Won||5/13 (38%)||1/5 (20%)|
|Total Service Points Won||86/118 (73%)||81/131 (62%)|
|Total Return Points Won||50/131 (38%)||32/118 (27%)|
|Total Points Won||136/249 (55%)||113/249 (45%)|
|Net Approaches||26/42 (62%)||55/100 (55%)|
Today, was dead rubber substitute day. Marc! defeated Molchanov 6-3, 6-3 and Verdasco defeated Manafov 6-2, 6-1 to give Spain a clean sweep. Report with photos and audio.