2009 Davis Cup: Nadal defeats Berdych 7-5 6-0 6-2

Nadal was again a huge part of Spain’s Davis Cup title in 2008, with 2 victories against the United States in the semifinals. But he missed the finals against Argentina due to knee injury. In the absence of world number one Nadal, Ferrer, Lopez and Verdasco upset the title favorites and captured Spain’s third Davis Cup.

In 2009, Spain defeated Serbia, Germany and Israel en route to the final, where they faced Czech Republic at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. And this time, Nadal was part of the team.

Palau Sant Jordi:

Palau Sant Jordi

For the first time since 2004, Rafael Nadal had suffered 4 losses in a row and was a big question mark before his match against Tomas Berdych.
Berdych had a single game plan: play fast and agressively from the first point, the same successful tactics Soderling used against Nadal in Roland Garros.
But it wasn’t enough to beat Nadal, who crushed him 7-5 6-0 6-2.

Tomas Berdych
Rafael Nadal

Uncle Toni:

Toni Nadal

Lopez and Ferrero:

Feliciano Lopez and Juan Carlos Ferrero

The turning point of the match:
Serving at 4-5 0-30, Rafa was just 2 points away from losing a ninth set in a row. He hit a risky drop shot, held his serve, broke Berdych and won the first set.
From then on there was only one player on the court: Rafa Nadal, who enjoyed a 13 straight games run from 4-5 1st set to 4-0 in the third.
The world number two gave the hosts the perfect start and recorded his 400th career win.
Nadal ended his 2009 season on a high note, after months of injuries and personal problems (his parents’ divorce).

Rafa’s parents and sister:

Rafa's parents and sister

Later that day, David Ferrer posted an extraordinary comeback from to sets to love to defeat Radek Stepanek in 5 sets and give Spain a 2-O lead.
2008 Davis Cup heroes Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco completed Spain’s victory with a 3 sets win over the previously unbeaten pair of Berdych and Stepanek.

La armada espanola won its 20th consecutive tie on clay and became the first nation to retain its title since Sweden in 1998.

– it was the first time since 1959 a winning Davis Cup team had 3 lefties
– Albert Costa became the first Spaniard to win the Davis Cup as a player(2000) and as a captain (2009)
– Albert Costa played his last Davis Cup match partnering Nadal in a loss vs Beck/Mertinak in the 2005 first round
– Javier Duarte (Spain 2000), Arthur Ashe (USA 1981), Yannick Noah (France 1991) and Albert Costa (Spain 2009) have all lifted the trophy in their first year as captain

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