2008 DAVIS CUP
USA v SPAIN
RAFAEL NADAL v ANDY RDDICK
6-4, 6-0, 6-4
The U.S. reign as Davis Cup champion ended Sunday, with an ailing Rafael Nadal beating Andy Roddick in a straight-sets victory that sent Spain to the final for the sixth time.
The top-ranked player won on a clay court at the Las Ventas bullfighting arena, giving Spain an insurmountable lead in the best-of-five format.
"It's one of the nicest sensations you can experience in your career," said Nadal, who dropped to his knees and pumped his fists after the victory.
Nadal said after the match he nearly didn't play because an MRI scan Saturday showed a strained buttock muscle.
Nadal broke Roddick five times, saved all seven break points and served eight aces.
Nadal, a master on clay and a four-time French Open champion, picked Roddick apart with an array of passing shots, ground strokes and serves before a boisterous crowd of nearly 21,000.
"I don't think you could draw up a tougher scenario than playing Nadal away in front of this crowd," Roddick said.
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