Spain takes lead in Davis Cup semifinal
With impressive performances by world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, and world No. 5 David Ferrer on Friday, Spain is off to a great start in the Davis Cup semifinal. Both Nadal and Ferrer won their opening singles rubbers against France with virtually no complications.
According to CNN, Nadal started the day off right with an extraordinary 6-3 6-0 6-1 victory over France’s Richard Gasquet. Though he was defeated by Novak Djokovic only four days ago in the U.S. Open final, Nadal seemed to show no signs of fatigue.
Ferrer followed Nadal’s strong performance with one of equal quality. By defeating Gilles Simon 6-1 6-4 6-1,Ferrer doubled Spain’s advantage. These victories gave Spain a 2-0 lead against France, meaning the duo will only need a win in Saturday’s doubles rubber to advance to the final.
ABC reports that after his victory, Nadal again complained about the overly demanding schedule of men’s tennis players. Furthermore, he did not rule out the possibility of a strike if their concerns are not taken into consideration at once.
“We don’t want to get there. We want to play,” Nadal said. “But if it’s a fight about something that we think is fair, something would have to happen.”
“I’m close to the end of my energy,” Nadal said. “I’m not in perfect condition physically, I know that. If the match stays longer it (would) be very difficult for me.”