Rafael Nadal keeps Spain in Davis Cup World Group

The US Open champion teamed up with with Marc Lopez to beat Ukraine's Denys Molchanov and Sergiy Stakhovsky and give Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead.

updated: September 15, 2013 09:37 IST
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Madrid: US Open champion Rafael Nadal teamed up with Marc Lopez to give Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead over Ukraine in their Davis Cup World Group play-off on Saturday.

The Spanish pair beat Denys Molchanov and Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-4 in just over three hours to ensure the five-time champions will remain amongst the world's top 16 nations next year.

It was Nadal's third best-of-five set match in just six days as after sealing his 13th Grand Slam title in New York on Monday, he cruised to a 6-0, 6-0, 6-4 win over Stakhovsky on Friday.

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