Spain leads Kazakhstan 2-0 in Davis Cup

Spain showed it can win without Rafael Nadal, with the defending

Davis Cup champions taking a 2-0 lead over Kazakhstan on Friday

behind victories by Juan Carlos Ferrero and Nicolas Almagro.

Ferrero rallied in the fifth set to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1,

4-6, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4 to open the World Group first-round series

on indoor clay. Almagro downed Andrey Golubev 6-3, 4-6, 6-1,

6-1.

Nadal and David Ferrer have helped Spain win three of the past

four titles. Both are absent, forcing new captain Alex Corretja to

overhaul the squad.

Ferrero, a former No. 1, and his 11th-ranked teammate put Spain

on course for a 22nd straight victory at home. On Saturday in the

best-of-five series, Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez

play Evgeny Korolev and Yuriy Schukin in doubles.