The Straits Times
Published on Nov 17, 2012

Ferrer hands Spain 1-0 lead in Davis Cup final


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.