Spanish Male Models Defeat US Davis Cup Team

Spanish Male Models Defeat US Davis Cup Team Sure, they're incredibly good looking. But they also happen to be incredibly good tennis players.  Spain's Davis Cup team beats the U.S. and I want to know - just what are they putting in the paella over there?

So, I was prepared for some great tennis in Austin this past weekend. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and got to attend the United States vs. Spain Davis Cup quarterfinal tie. And I was not disappointed by any means. The atmosphere was fun and electric with crowds for both the U.S. and Spain going wild almost constantly. There were fireworks. There were obnoxious thunder sticks. There was face paint. There was alcohol-drinking early on and constantly. I watched more "women of a certain age" shaking their booty to the Black Eyed Peas on a Jumbo-tron screen than I ever need to see again. (And since I am one of those women, I don't feel bad saying that.)

And the tennis? Incredible. Give it up for Mardy Fish - in the course of three days, he played two Spanish men, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez, who are literally on fire right now. While Lopez's ATP ranking is currently No. 31, he matched No. 8 Fish shot for shot throughout their nearly four hour match. And Ferrer? That guy is amazing. A relatively small (for pro tennis) 5'9", he scrambled and covered the court like no one I've ever seen. Well, maybe like someone I've seen. Rafael Nadal comes to mind. Again and again, when Fish seemed to have hit a winner, Ferrer came up with the answer.

The best part about the team from Spain, in my opinion anyway, is that they are the best looking, happiest, most enthusiastic bunch I've ever seen. While Team USA placidly watched each rubber, the guys from Spain could hardly stay in their seats. Lopez was supposed to play doubles with Fernando Verdasco but sat out after his grueling win over Fish on Day 1. Yet, there he was on Day 2, on the bench for that doubles match, as Verdasco and teammate Marcel Granollers, with whom Verdasco had never played before!, took on the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world - Bob and Mike Bryan. Lopez shouted and cheered and gave his own on-court coaching advice throughout the entire match. As did the rest of his team. And the fact that Verdasco and Granollers lost that match is not anything to be upset about - they played great, Granollers is an amazing doubles player, and they actually took the first set off the Bryans. How many doubles teams can say that?

I expect this Spanish team to go really, really far in Davis Cup play and would not be at all surprised if they win the whole thing. And here's my no-brainer prediction - both Ferrer and Lopez will go very deep at the upcoming U.S. Open. Amazingily good looking and amazing athletes. I expect those male modeling contracts to just keep rolling in!

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