Nadal crushes Zverev as Spain reach Davis Cup semis

Esther Moore
April 9, 2018

The German had a poor outing with 57 unforced errors and in no way looked like he was going to upset the King of Clay.

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.

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

World number one Nadal had not played since he retired from his Australian Open quarterfinal against Marin Cilic in January with a leg injury but made light work of Kohlschreiber to draw five-time winners Spain level at 1-1 in the tie.

It was the 23rd straight win for Nadal since 2005, setting the Davis Cup record combining singles and doubles.

Defending champions France go to Genoa to tackle Italy who are contesting their 250th Davis Cup tie.

The United States were set on their way to victory when John Isner and Sam Querrey won their opening singles matches on Friday and they will face either Croatia or Kazakhstan in the semi-finals in September.

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Nadal was swiftly back in 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.

Nadal, backed by a partisan crowd on a sunny day in his homeland, was relentless, breaking six times and wrapping up the victory in two hours and 16 minutes.

"It's positive, winning in straight sets".

With the Davis Cup format set to change, the tie between Spain and Germany was a reminder of how the competition at its very best can be among the finest spectacles in tennis.

"It's a great feeling to be back, coming back from injuries is always hard, but it's great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day". "I'm very happy with my level, the first set was fantastic in such an important match".

The hosts were in danger of falling 2-0 behind as Chardy snatched the opening set tiebreak against Fognini before the 30-year-old Italian raced through the rest of the match to keep the tie in the balance.

World number 11 Pouille, who had beaten Andreas Seppi in five sets on Friday, came from behind to see off Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 and send Yannick Noah's France into the semis for the third time in four years.

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