Spain complete whitewash

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Up against the reigning Olympic and French Open doubles champion Marc Lopez, who does not play singles anymore, the 19-year-old Nagal dominated the proceedings under muggy conditions before losing  3-6, 6-1, 3-6 in the dead fourth rubber, that lasted more than two hours. 

New Delhi: Young Sumit Nagal showed spark in his game on Davis Cup debut before 'breathing problem' scuttled his victory march as India suffered a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of mighty Spain in the World Group Play-off tie, here on Sunday.

Up against the reigning Olympic and French Open doubles champion Marc Lopez, who does not play singles anymore, the 19-year-old Nagal dominated the proceedings under muggy conditions before losing 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 in the dead fourth rubber, that lasted more than two hours.

It was a mountainous task for Ramkumar Ramanathan to prevent a clean sweep since he had world number 13 David Ferrer as his opponent.The Spaniard cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win to complete a dominating 5-0 win for his side even as Ramkumar fought his heart out, giving his all.The last time India suffered a whitewash was in 2003 against the Netherlands in the away World Group Play-off tie. It is the 21st time that India has been whitewash.

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