Spain complete epic comeback to defeat Germany

09 April, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard has an enviable 22-1 record in Davis Cup singles matches, with his only loss coming in 2004 when he was a 17-year-old.

The victory meant Spain finished 1-1 with Germany overnight following the opening victory by Alexander Zverev, who produced a composed performance to defeat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Lucas Pouille, the world No 11, gave France the first point in Genoa with a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1 win over 62nd-ranked Andreas Seppi.

However, it's recent history which now concerns Nadal who opened his weekend against Philipp Kohlschreiber in yesterday's second singles. France will host the winners of the tie between Spain and Germany, from 14-16 September, for a place in the Davis Cup final.

Nadal will make his return from injury when Spain take on Germany in the Davis Cup. "We go progressing, the Davis Cup motivates us but we also know that after that, it comes a month and a half without stopping that is very important to him", Moya added.

"I want to enjoy this moment, " said Ferrer, a Valencia resident. Speaking on court after the crucial win, Nadal emphasised the importance of the victory and the special atmosphere inside the Plaza de Toros de Valencia.

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The hip injury that forced Nadal, 31, out of the Australian Open in January hasn't totally subsided, but one wouldn't have guessed it after he notched an impressive straight-sets win over Kohlschreiber on Friday.

"It's a great feeling to be back".

The U.S. duo overcame some nervous moments but were able to win key points in the two tiebreakers to secure a victory to ensure the record 32-times winners advanced to the last four.

Croatia's world number three Marin Cilic got the home team off to a winning start with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 win over Dmitry Popko.

The heavily-favored US team took a 2-0 lead against a depleted Belgium side on the indoor hard courts in Nashville, Tenn., to come within a point of its first Davis Cup semifinals in six years. Last year's losing finalist Belgium struggled without its top-ranked players David Goffin and Steve Darcis, leaving the Americans with a straightforward task to reach the semis for the first time since 2012.

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