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Ferrer hands Spain 1-0 lead in Davis Cup final

Published on Nov 17, 2012 6:41 AM
David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his match against Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic at the International Tennis Federation Davis Cup final match between Czech Republic and Spain on Nov 16, 2012 in Prague. -- PHOTO: AFP

PRAGUE (AFP) - David Ferrer put holders Spain 1-0 ahead in the Davis Cup final against hosts Czech Republic here on Friday after beating Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Ferrer, the world number five and Spain's number one, outplayed the 37th-ranked Stepanek on the hardcourt of Prague's O2 Arena in two hours and 58 minutes.

"I played very well all the match. I'm very happy with my game," the 30-year-old Ferrer said just after the rubber.

"I was lucky because in the important moments I played better than Radek," he added after winning the seventh out of ten rubbers against Stepanek.

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