Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco have give Spain a handy 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup meet against Belgium.
Nadal, as always, was dominant from the baseline as he shook off the rust and gave Spain a comfortable lead. “It’s never easy. But I think I started the match playing very well. After the first set my legs stopped a little bit, but I finished the match playing better. I’m very happy with the victory. I need to keep working and keep improving every day. Was fantastic, a very nice feeling. It’s one of the best crowds I’ve played in front of.”
Next up was Verdasco against Xavier Malisse whom he beat 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. The comfortable conditions for the Spaniards will be good news for their top ranked players who play so frequently throughout the year that they could use the rest from playing unnecessary matches. New Davis Cup rules state that dead rubbers no longer have to be played in an attempt to preserve the bodies of these players.
Originally David Ferrer, the recent winner of Acapulco, was supposed to take on Malisse but the injured champion was ruled out as Fernando was asked to step up. “I first heard about it when I arrived at the venue, at about 11:30 and it does change your mind a little bit. All week you’re thinking of playing one guy, and go to bed mentally preparing for that opponent, so to hear three hours before play that you’re facing someone different does mess things about, but that’s Davis Cup.”