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Nadal wins on his return to David Cup action

Nadal wins on his return to David Cup action

The world number one's 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win in Valencia drew the tie level at 2-2, before veteran David Ferrer battled to a marathon 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber to finish the job.

"The first set was fantastic", Nadal said.

"I played a solid match". "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.

Spain's Davis Cup home ties are going to be played on the clay court and those can be a fine practice for Nadal ahead of the ATP Clay season, which will begin just after the Davis Cup matches. The Lopez duo was beaten by Germany's Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff in front of their fans in Valencia after four hours and 40 minutes of action.

Germany raced into a two-set lead but with world number one Rafael Nadal roaring on his team mates, Spain fought back to force a fifth set at a packed Plaza de Toros arena. Kohlschreiber twice fought back from a set down, but former French Open runner-up Ferrer broke in the 11th game of the decider and held his nerve on serve after nearly five hours on court.

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. "I feel good when I return to the clay courts".




Top-ranked Nadal cruised to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over fourth-ranked Alexander Zverev in the first match Sunday to keep Spain alive after entering the day trailing 2-1.

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

Croatia also made it into the last four as Australian Open runner-up, Marin Cilic, crushed Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1 6-1 to seal their tie 3-1.

"From the beginning till the end I played on a rather high level; constant pressure, superior, aggressive", said Cilic afterwards.

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

Their shock win handed the world No. 4 the chance to book Germany's spot in the semi-finals if he could defeat Nadal, however, he was second best throughout and it will all come down to the final rubber.

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