Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

'Day to remember' after Rafael Nadal's record-setting win at Davis Cup

Germany on verge of knocking out Spain from Davis Cup 'Day to remember' after Rafael Nadal's record-setting win at Davis Cup
Jean Garcia | 09 April, 2018, 00:46

Zverev had already comfortably beaten David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 6-2 but Germany earned a surprise victory in the doubles as Jan-Lennard Struff and Tim Puetz stunned Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 7-5.

Spain have history on their side - they have won 26 straight home ties, with their last defeat on Spanish soil against Brazil in 1999.

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

"It's been a tough few months", admitted Nadal, ahead of a Davis Cup tie which will see him go toe-to-toe with Germany's Alexander Zverev, the world number four widely seen as heir apparent to the great Spaniard.

Nadal has since returned to full training and will make his debut when Spain take on Germany in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

Zverev showed a bit of fight in the final game of the opening set, lining up two break point chances of his own, but Nadal held firm and wrapped it up at the third time of asking after just 34 minutes.

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"I am very proud of the team, and I am really relieved because the last match was so close", France Captain, Yannick Noah, told the competition's official website.

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. "He made this a huge thing, like in football sometimes where the guy you don't touch still collapses", Chardy said.

"I am ready to play three days, for sure", said Fognini, who has played for Italy every year since 2008. Spain has won the Davis Cup four times with Nadal, in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

The US was 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 Saturday.

John Isner, fresh from his triumph in Miami, will line up for the United States at home to Belgium while Croatia, with Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic in their ranks, face Kazakhstan in Varazdin.

France, the 10-time winners, have two top 30 players in Lucas Pouille, ranked at 11, and Adrian Mannarino, the world 25.

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