Davis Cup: Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer put Spain into semi-finals


The victory for the world No 1 in the Plaza de Toros bullring levelled the tie after world No 4 Alexander Zverev beat 33rd-ranked David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Coming back from injuries is always hard, but it's great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day.

Nadal returned to action this week in his first match of the Davis Cup quarter-final.

The victory gave Nadal, the world No 1, the longest Davis Cup winning streak in combined singles and doubles rubbers, with 23 matches in a row.

However, it's recent history which now concerns Nadal who opened his weekend against Philipp Kohlschreiber in yesterday's second singles.

In Italy, Lucas Pouille fired the French ahead with a labored 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1 win over Andreas Seppi, before home favorite Fabio Fognini redressed the balance with a 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Jeremy Chardy.

Feliciano López and Marc López fought gallantly after losing the first two sets, drawing level in a marathon match of over four-and-a-half hours, but Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff eventually sealed a shock 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 victory.

"I am really pleased with the workforce and I am quite relieved as the previous game was so close", France captain Yannick Noah informed your rivalry's official website.

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"I have been practising in Acapulco and then I get injured just a day before the competition starts so I had to restart all the process, stop for 25 days and then start slow again", Nadal said, as quoted by the Express.

On Saturday, France's Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will face Fognini and Simone Bolelli in the doubles. "The Davis Cup is special". The 36-year-old debuted in the Davis Cup long ago in 2004.

Croatia will take on the United States in the other semi-final, with both ties to be played on 14-16 September.

Croatia are also one win away from the last four after Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic defeated the Kazakh pair of Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 6-2.

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.

Belgium, who are playing without world No 10 David Goffin, do not have a player ranked in the top 100 in their line-up.