Charleroi, Belgium (Sports Network) - Spain completed a 4-1 opening- round Davis Cup victory over host Belgium by splitting a pair of dead rubbers Sunday in Charleroi.
The powerful Spaniards, who clinched the best-of-five tie here on Saturday with a doubles victory by Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, got a singles win from the great Rafael Nadal and a loss from Lopez on Day 3. Nadal leveled diminutive Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-4, 6-2 for a 4-0 Spanish advantage and Lopez gave way to Belgian Steve Darcis 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3) in the weekend finale.
On Friday in Charleroi, the Spaniards got singles wins from the world No. 1 Nadal and ninth-ranked Verdasco, who filled in for an inured David Ferrer on Day 1. The reigning U.S. Open, Wimbledon and French Open champion Nadal, who had been sidelined with a leg injury, played his first tennis since January this week, after losing to Ferrer in the Australian Open quarters.
Spain, which has won four Davis Cup titles since 2000, will travel to the United States for a Davis Cup quarterfinal showdown in July.
The Spaniards are 3-1 all-time against Belgium in Davis Cup play. Captained by former French Open champ Albert Costa, they last won the coveted team title in 2009.
03/06 13:59:47 ET