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Nadal, Ferrer complete whitewash

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer both won singles matches on Sunday at the Palau Sant Jordi to complete the sweep as Spain won for the fourth time since 2000 while becoming the first nation since Sweden in 1998 to retain the title.

sports Updated: Dec 07, 2009 01:14 IST

Spain lifted the Davis Cup for the second straight year on Sunday after completing a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the final.

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer both won singles matches on Sunday at the Palau Sant Jordi to complete the sweep as Spain won for the fourth time since 2000 while becoming the first nation since Sweden in 1998 to retain the title.

“I’m happy for the whole team,” captain Albert Costa said. “We did an incredible job the whole year.” Spain had already clinched the best-of-five series with Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco’s doubles victory on Saturday.

The second-ranked Nadal followed up by beating Jan Hajek 6-3, 6-4 and Ferrer beat Lukas Dlouhy 6-4, 6-2 on the indoor clay. The 102nd-ranked Hajek replaced Radek Stepanek for the meaningless match, and the 465th-ranked Dlouhy, a doubles specialist, replaced Tomas Berdych.

Spain, which beat Argentina in last year’s final, has now won 18 straight Davis Cup ties at home — stretching to 1999 — and 20 straight on clay.