Posted November 22, 2011 on AP on Fox
Rafael Nadal gave Spain a 1-0 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup final after easily beating Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 on Friday. Nadal eased to victory on his favored clay surface at Olympic Stadium, breaking his Argentine opponent seven times. Monaco held his first service game but Nadal took control by winning the next seven games. The six-time French Open champion dominated many of the long rallies, which often ended with Nadal hitting a winner or Monaco making an error. Four-time champion Spain looked to take command of the best-of-five tie when David Ferrer faced Juan Martin del Potro in the second singles rubber late Friday. ''The best part of my game was I didn't make mistakes,'' said Nadal, who improved to 19-1 in singles play and 12-0 on clay. ''The most important thing is we're up 1-0. We're confident David can make it 2-0.'' In front of about 27,000 spectators including King Juan Carlos, Nadal looked nothing like the player who struggled in the ATP World Tour Final...
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