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A four-set doubles victory Saturday by Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez gave Spain a 2-1 Davis Cup lead over Germany in Marbella, Spain. Verdasco-Lopez beat Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 on the red clay at Plaza de Toros de Puerto Banus.
Fernando Verdasco and Philipp Kohlschreiber won their singles matches Friday, leaving Spain and Germany in a 1-1 tie in their Davis Cup quarterfinal. The event is being played on the red clay at Plaza de Toros in Marbella, Spain, where the Spaniards hope to defend their 2008 title. Spain has won 15 straight home Davis Cup ties, but is playing without World No.
Rafael Nadal remained unbeaten on clay this year with a second-round victory Wednesday over Jurgen Melzer at the Madrid Open. Nadal ran his clay-court winning streak to 31, with 17 of those victories having come in 2009.
Third-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia was the only second-round winner Tuesday at the $3.65 million Italian Masters men's tennis tournament in Rome. Djokovic, the defending champion, beat Spaniard Albert Montanes 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 to advance to the third round.
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka advanced but American James Blake was eliminated Monday in the first round of the $3.645 million Italian Masters in Rome. Wawrinka, who lost in the 2008 final to Novak Djokovic, defeated Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-4 Monday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fourth seed David Nalbandian was sent packing from the U.S. Open at the second-round stage on Sunday, beaten 6-3 7-5 2-6 3-6 7-6 by former champion Marat Safin in a marathon battle.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Second seed Rafael Nadal came through a tough test of his U.S. Open credentials on Thursday as he beat Peru's Luis Horna 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round.
By Simon Cambers) NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Defending champion James Blake suffered a shock 2-6 7-6 7-6 defeat by Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in the New Haven event second round on Tuesday.
By Simon Cambers CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Second seed Rafael Nadal and emerging British prospect Andy Murray survived tough tests to reach the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters Series event on Thursday.
By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal opened the defense of his Toronto Masters title with a 6-3 6-2 win over Chile's Nicolas Massu on Tuesday.
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