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Game Point: Spain wins fourth Davis Cup of the decade

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Love -- Spain failed to win a Davis Cup throughout the 1900s. In the 2000s, however, the European nation has built itself into a tennis dynasty. For the fourth time this decade, the Spaniards took home the Davis Cup, crushing the Czechs in the finals this weekend in Barcelona.

15 -- The Spanish team was welcomed by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at his official residence today. He singled out Rafael Nadal for praise and spoke of the recent domination by Spanish athletes (Nadal, cyclist Alberto Contador, Barcelona's soccer team, Spain's 2008 Euro Cup soccer champs).

30 -- No, you haven't been sipping from Andre Agassi's assistant's soda, this is a multi-exposure shot of Rafael Nadal from the Davis Cup.

40 -- Before the final, The Wall Street Journal asked whether the Davis Cup still matters. The ITF says revenues are still solid, but skeptics think it's creative math and that the event would be better off moving to a biennial event played at a single venue. I'm not so sure about the single venue, but I do think interest would be higher if the event was played every two years like The Ryder Cup. The first round of the 2010 event begins in March. That's not too much of a lag-time.

Game -- The United States has won one Davis Cup in the past 14 years. By comparison, from 1978 to 1992, Americans won six Cups.

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