Spain need Nadal to save them in Davis Cup

09 April, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Nadal had not played for Spain since the tie against India two years ago, but was back to his vintage best as he claimed his 23rd singles victory in the competition with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, Xinhua news agency reported.

If world number 11 Lucas Pouille beats Fognini in the singles, then France will earn a semi-final spot for the third time in four years.

Croatia's Cilic breezed past Dmitry Popko 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 to give the hosts the lead against Kazakhstan, but the visitors hit back after Mikhail Kukushkin overpowered Borna Coric 3-6, 7-6 (5-7), 6-4, 6-2. The match that they both played was unbelievable.

Returning to the court for the first time since the Australian Open and a hip injury, world number one Nadal leveled the tie for the host Spaniards and setting the record for the longest career Davis Cup win streak along the way. It's a great feeling and very unique to play here in front of my people.

On Saturday, Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez will face Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff in the doubles, paving the way for a potential tie-deciding clash between Nadal and 20-year-old Zverev on Sunday.

The French doubles team - boasting the ATP's ninth-ranked doubles player Nicolas Mahut alongside Pierre Hugues Herbert - raced to victory in straight sets, defeating Italy 6-4 6-3 6-1.


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. "I am playing not just for me but also for Italy".

Chardy, a surprise selection ahead of Adrian Mannarino, the world 25, suffered his first Davis Cup defeat in six matches.

Germany pounced on their chance and served out to win the marathon in four hours 23 minutes.

John Isner of the United States celebrates his victory over Joris de Loore of Belgium after the first match at the Davis Cup.

The US were the only team to progress without losing a rubber, after Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison's doubles win over Belgian debutants Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen on Saturday. This is very special for David who we all love.

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