World No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat Juan Monaco in straight sets to give host Spain a 1-0 lead over Argentina in the final of the Davis Cup, the premier team event in men’s tennis.
The Spaniard won 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 over Monaco, who is ranked 26th by the men’s tennis tour. Nadal is now 19-1 in singles rubbers for Spain, with his only loss coming as a 17-year-old in 2004.
The teams are facing each other on indoor clay courts in Seville. The best-of-five event continues with Spain’s David Ferrer, ranked 5th, taking on former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the second match today.