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

by Susie Olson April 9, 2018, 0:51
'Day to remember' after Rafael Nadal's record-setting win at Davis Cup

The 31-year-old Nadal leads Spain into a home quarter-final against Germany at Valencia's iconic Plaza de Toros bullring, boasting a remarkable record in the tournament.

Spain beat Germany to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals after Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer won both singles matches on Sunday.

Nadal, building up to an assault on what he hopes will be an 11th French Open title, said it had been a special day playing on home ground again.

Nadal eased to victory in his first appearance on court against Philipp Kohlschreiber but faces a tougher test in his second match against Alexander Zverev.

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

Nadal will make his return from injury when Spain take on Germany in the Davis Cup.

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With the doubles coming up tomorrow, Nadal has a break before his scheduled - and potentially crucial - singles match against Zverev, which will be followed by a final singles match between Ferrer and Kohlschreiber. He last lost a doubles Davis Cup match with Feliciano Lopez, in Spain's 3-2 victory against Italy in the 2005 World Group play-offs. "We ended up winning a pretty comfortable breaker and from that I felt like we were pretty much on top and we just had to finish it off".

Lucas Pouille's five-set win over Andreas Seppi in Genoa was followed by Fabio Fognini coming from behind to beat Jeremy Chardy in four.

The world No. 3 had already cruised past Dimitry Popko in straight sets Friday, and Sunday's win wrapped up a 3-1 last-eight success for the hosts.

April 7, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; John Isner (USA) and Sam Querrey (USA) and Jack Sock (USA) and Ryan Harrison (USA) and Steve Johnson (USA) celebrate winning the Davis Cup tie against Belgium at Belmont University.

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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