But play did finally kick off in Benidorm with three matches set to be played. Daveed and Nole the Smurf kicked off the tie and though Nole showed some flashes of his old form, his groundstrokes were all over the place and his serve was wonktastic (hmmm...sounds like another Serb I know). And he insisted on trying to dropshot Daveed. Roger's got nothing on Nole in the stubborness department. Nole put up a nice fight to come back in the third to make it closer, but it was a straight set win for the resurgent Daveed, 63 63 76(3).
Next up, the Return of the King of Clay. Do I really need to write this up? The good news for Tipsy? He held his opening serve to level the match 1-1. The bad news? He would go on to lose the next 11. Final score: 61 60 62. Watching Rafa on hard courts for 8 months, it's easy to forget how ruthless his game is on clay. It's just not right.
With Rafa's match being so quick, there was time for doubles. Nole pulled out and was replaced by Viktor, and the Serbs got the win over a seemingly discombobulated FeLo and Disco. Disco really does suck at Davis Cup, no?
The win guarantees a Rafa/Nole rubber tomorrow. Let's see if Nole can get up for that one.