Nadal gives France the lead
Rafael Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 today to give defending champion Spain a 1-0 lead over the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final.
Nadal converted a decisive break point in the 11th game on his way to taking the tight first set, and Berdych was never in the match after that as his serve faltered and he finished with 40 unforced errors.
Radek Stepanek will look to even the best-of-five series later today when he plays David Ferrer in the second singles.
Spain, which hasn\'t lost at home in over a decade, is looking to become the first team since Sweden in 1998 to defend the trophy.
In tomorrow\'s doubles, Spanish pair Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco are set to face Lukas Dlouhy and Jan Hajek.