A COMPREHENSIVE victory by Rafael Nadal was followed by a marathon five-set win by David Ferrer as Spain finished the first day of the Davis Cup tennis final against Argentina with a 2-0 lead in Seville.
Nadal maintained his 100 per cent record in the competition on clay with a 6-1 6-1 6-2 victory over Juan Monaco in the opening rubber.
World No.5 Ferrer then came to the court where he faced Juan Martin del Potro and eventually triumphed 6-2 6-7 (2/7) 3-6 6-4 6-3 in almost five hours after the match appeared to be slipping away from him at one point.
The Spain team were exhilarated following the match and captain Alberto Costa told Sky Sports 4: “He is David Ferrer and he fights all the time. At the end he played unbelievable tennis.”