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Latest update : 2009-03-08

David Ferrer (pictured) upset Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3 7-6 and world number one Rafael Nadal thrashed Janko Tipsarevic 6-1 6-0 6-2 to give champions Spain a 2-0 lead over Serbia in the first round of the Davis cup.

REUTERS - World number one Rafael Nadal thrashed Janko Tipsarevic 6-1 6-0 6-2 to give champions Spain a commanding 2-0 lead over Serbia in their delayed Davis Cup world group first-round tie on Saturday.

David Ferrer had earlier upset Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3 7-6 to win the opening singles rubber, with the Serbian world number three turning in an error-strewn display and complaining about his lack of practice time on clay.

The tie had been due to start on Friday in the hills above the Mediterranean town of Benidorm but was delayed after high winds damaged the seating at the purpose-built arena.

With the gusts having diminished to a gentle breeze and the sun shining, Nadal was brutal in his demolition of the 47th-ranked Tipsarevic and wrapped up the match in just over an hour and a half when the Serbian went long with an attempted lob.

Australian Open champion Nadal had been suffering from a knee injury and had not played a competitive match since losing last month's final in Rotterdam to Andy Murray.

The team captains, players and officials decided after Nadal's match to also fit in the doubles rubber on Saturday. Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo, for the home team, were taking on Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki.



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Against Ferrer, 2008 Australian Open champion Djokovic looked well short of the form that helped him to beat the Spaniard in the final of the Dubai championships last week.

Ferrer, ranked number 12 and born just up the coast from Benidorm, took the third-set tie break 7-4 and sealed victory when he chased down a dropshot and sent a forehand winner down the line after just under three hours of play.

Djokovic said he was hampered by not having played on clay since losing to Nadal in the semi-finals of the French Open in June last year and had had little serious practice.

"So I basically just felt like I was in foreign territory today and made a lot of unforced errors," he told a news conference. "David played very solidly and he deserved to win."

The winners of the tie will play either Germany or Austria in the quarter-finals. The neighbours were tied at 1-1 after the opening singles rubbers in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
 

Date created : 2009-03-07

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