Spain beat US to reach Davis Cup final
Spain have knocked the US out of the Davis Cup! The Spanish have shown how far they have come as a sporting nation with this win, Nadal's domination of the courts over the past year and also the Euro Soccer victory over Germany. The US will have to go back to the drawing board if they are to regain their tennis supremacy any time soon.
The U.S. reign as Davis Cup champion ended Sunday, with an ailing Rafael Nadal beating Andy Roddick in a straight-sets victory that sent Spain to the final for the sixth time.
The top-ranked player won 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 on a clay court at the Las Ventas bullfighting arena, giving Spain an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five format. Spain will play for the title against Argentina or Russia. The Argentines lead that semifinal 2-1 in Buenos Aires.
"It's one of the nicest sensations you can experience in your career," said Nadal, who dropped to his knees and pumped his fists after the victory.
Nadal said after the match he nearly didn't play because an MRI scan Saturday showed a strained buttock muscle.
Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Rafael Nadal continued his amazing 2008 season with a rout of American Andy Roddick to send Spain into the Davis Cup final.
Nadal fought off a strong Roddick challenge in the first set, then rolled to a 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 triumph, giving the host country an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.
The Spaniards will next face the winner between Russia and Argentina for the Davis Cup title from November 21-23.
Nadal ascended to the world's top ranking this year after winning his fourth straight French Open title and claiming his first-ever Wimbledon championship. He also claimed gold at the Beijing Olympics and will now get a chance to lead the Spaniards to their third Davis Cup crown and first since 2004.
Spain beat defending champions the USA to reach the Davis Cup final when world number one Rafael Nadal thrashed Andy Roddick in straight sets on Sunday to give the home side an unbeatable 3-1 lead in their semi-final clash.
The Spaniard, who has already picked up the Wimbledon, French Open and Olympic titles this year, cruised to a 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 victory in a colourful, high-spirited atmosphere in a Madrid bullring.
Spain will now play either Argentina or Russia in the final on November 21-23, with the South Americans the favorites after securing a 2-1 lead after the first two days.