In the absence of world no.2 Rafael Nadal, Spanish duo Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer secured the first two points for the hosts Spain in their Davis Cup quarterfinal encounter in Marina d’Or against Austria.
Almagro outclassed Jurgen Melzer as he defeated him in straight sets 6-2 6-2 6-4 and gave Spain a 1-0 lead. It was a one man show and the former Roland Garros semifinalist Melzer couldn’t find any answers to the Spaniard’s consistent ground strokes. As the clock hit 1 hour and 56 minutes, the match was all over.
In the second encounter of the day, Ferrer showed why he is world no.5 and allowing only 5 games to Andreas Haider-Maurer, he cruised to a 6-1 6-3 6-1 victory. The Austrian hadn’t played a match since his last challenger tournament in February and it was quite visible that he couldn’t keep up the pace with Ferrer.
In tomorrow’s doubles, Marcel Grannolers and Marc Lopez will take on the Austrian pair Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya.