Nadal, Spain Keep Djokovic Winless in Serb Davis Cup Defeat

Posted on March 8, 2009

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer teamed to keep Novak Djokovic winless on the weekend as Spain defeated Serbia 4-1 in Davis Cup play on the red clay at Parque Tematico Terra Mitica, Benidorm in Spain.

Ferrer and Nadal defeated Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic respectively on day one, then Serbia's Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic kept their country in the tie with a straight-set doubles win over Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo.

Nadal clinched it in the first singles on Sunday, handing Djokovic his second loss of the weekend 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

"I played better tennis today," Djokovic said, "but in the important points I made some unforced errors that were decisive for the whole match. He showed why he's the best in the world and so dominant on this surface. It's hard to play against someone like Nadal who makes the transition from defence to offence so fast. But I went for my shots and I've got back my confidence from my Dubai win. In general it was very hard to overcome Spain in Spain, but we have to take the best out of it and hope for better luck with the draw next time."

Next Spain will host Germany in July on the red dirt.