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Davis Cup: Spain whitewash India 5-0 in world group play-offs

World number four Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez had won their doubles match against India's Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni on Saturday. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 18, 2016, 11.14 PM (IST)
Spain capped their return to the Davis Cup world group by completing a 5-0 whitewash against India.

Marc Lopez and David Ferrer maintained Spain's dominance in the world group play-off ties in New Delhi on Sunday.

"That was the main plan, to get into the world group. Very happy to finally get there. From now on we can dream bigger," a delighted Spain captain Conchita Martinez said after the win.

In the final day's dead rubbers, Ferrer outclassed India's Ramkumar Ramanathan in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

"It's different. But, it was nice to play here Davis Cup in India. It's my second time in India. I never played Davis Cup, enjoyed a lot this week. And the crowd, the people, they have a lot of respect for us. And I appreciate it," said David Ferrer.

"I think I played the right way. What I had to do about, I was missing here and there, and I was not making the points at the right moment. When it was deuce I was making seconds. When it was 15-all, I was missing the returns. So, I mean few points here and there I could have taken more, I thought for sure. But I think Ferrer showed me the way to improve and it was a good experience for me," said Ramanathan.

Earlier in the day, Marc Lopez defeated Sumit Nagal 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in the reverse singles rubber. 

World number four Rafael Nadal was rested for the two dead rubbers on the final day. His doubles win with Marc Lopez on Saturday ensured Spain's re-entry into the elite group after a gap of two years.

The duo won a tough battle against India's Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 6-4.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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