Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Nadal levels Spain with Germany in Davis Cup quarterfinals

Nadal levels Spain with Germany in Davis Cup quarterfinals

The victory helped to set a record for the longest winning streak in the competition's history.

Nadal was immediately straight back in to the swing of things in Valencia, dismantling Kohlschreiber after Alexander Zverev blew away David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 6-2 to put Germany in front.

Germany's doubles pairing Jan-Lennard Struff and Tim Puetz pulled off a shock five-set win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez to give Germany a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup quarter-final.

The 31-year-old Nadal scarcely put a foot wrong in his return, with created 14 of the thirty winners in the opening set of a lop sided contest.

Rafael Nadal faces a potentially season-defining Davis Cup weekend as the 16-time Grand Slam champion returns for his first appearance since hobbling out of the Australian Open in January with a crippling hip injury. "I feel comfortable back on the clay", Nadal said after the match at the Plaza de Toros bullring in Valencia.

Italy's Fabio Fognini leveled the tie for the hosts after a dramatic four set win over France's Jeremy Chardy.

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The other two European match-ups are also 2-1 as it stands, as the France pair, boasting the ATP's No.9-ranked doubles player Nicolas Mahut alongside Pierre Hugues Herbert, raced to victory in straight sets, defeating Italy 6-4 6-3 6-1. But it's great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day.

"I played more aggressively as the match went on".

It seemed simple sailing for Pouille in Genoa later he drifted a side Seppi at the opening two collections however, the slugfest went the distance after the German battled back facing of a passionate home audience.

Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic overcame Kazakhstan's Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 6-2 to hand Croatia a 2-1 lead.

In Nashville, John Isner and Sam Querrey lifted the United States into a 2-0 lead over last year's runners-up Belgium on Friday as the 32-time champions attempt to reach the semis for the first time in six years.

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