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Argentina Wins Davis Cup Doubles Match, Narrowing Spains Lead to 2-to-1

Argentina’s David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank defeated Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco in Davis Cup doubles to prevent Spain from retaining the trophy.

The challengers won 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in Seville, Spain today to cut Spain’s lead in the best-of-five competition to 2-1.

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer yesterday both won singles matches to open the country’s defense of the cup, the top team competition in men’s tennis.

Tomorrow, Nadal takes on 11th-ranked Juan Martin del Potro before Ferrer is scheduled to meet Juan Monaco, who is ranked 26th by the men’s tennis tour.

Ferrer, No. 5 in the ATP World Tour rankings, came back to beat del Potro 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a 4 hour, 43- minute match on indoor clay courts.

Ferrer is now 17-4 in Davis Cup matches, including a 12-0 record on clay. Del Potro’s record dropped to 9-3 at the Davis Cup.

In the first match, Nadal, ranked No. 2, won 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 over Monaco. Nadal is now 19-1 in singles for Spain, with his only loss coming as a 17-year-old in 2004.

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