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Tennis: Spaniards celebrate the rise to world power

Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia jumped from their seats and cheered the Spanish tennis cracks. All of Spain seemed to be in each other's arms after beating the USA 3-2 in the final of the Davis Cup. "Nobody can stop us, not even the murderous serve of Andy Roddick," said the sporting paper "Marca" on Monday.

The Spaniards not only celebrated winning the ominous salad bowl, but also the rise of their tennis armada to world power. Your Davis Cup team reached the finals three times in the past five years and won the title twice. "If that were tennis-football, we would be Brazil," said the ex-star Manuel Santana.

The amazing thing about the winning streak is that Spain won the Cup with different teams: In 2000, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Albert Costa, Alex Corretja and Juan Balcells triumphed; now it was Carlos Moyà, Rafael Nadal, Ferrero and Tommy Robredo. "Spanish tennis is always generating new talents at a breathtaking pace," stated the sports paper "As".

The Spaniards did not celebrate 18-year-old Nadal, the youngest Davis Cup winner ever, as the real hero, but rather Moyà, who was ten years older than him. For the veteran, the victory was a particular satisfaction: "I've dreamed of this day many a night in the last few years." Back then, in 2000, Moyà was at the height of his career: he won the French Open in 1998 and climbed to first place in the world rankings in 1999. But in the Davis Cup final he then had to watch injured.

The counterpart to Moyà was Ferrero, the hero of 2000. At that time he was hailed as "King Juan Carlos". Four years later he was "banished" to doubles and was not allowed to play singles. After winning the new title, Ferrero now wore a rather sweet and sour expression in all the cheering scenes.

On the other hand, there was untroubled joy on the holiday island of Mallorca, the home of tennis heroes Moyà and Nadal. For the local press in Palma, it is not Spain but the Mediterranean island that is the real winner. "Mallorca conquers the Davis Cup", headlines the local papers in close agreement.

In Spain there was only criticism of the organizers. “This final deserved a more dignified setting,” said “As”, referring to the chaos at the entrance of the 27,000 spectators. "It would also have been better to play in a hall, because in December it is also cold in Seville."