Split ties a feature on Davis Cup day one

08 April, 2018, 03:24 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Rafael Nadal

World No.4 Alexander Zverev could secure Germany's spot in the semi-finals if he is able to snap world No.1 Nadal's record 23-match winning streak in the team competition.

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

Holders France took a 2-1 lead in their tie with Italy as Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut comfortably beat Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 6-1.

It helped to draw five-times winners Spain level at 1-1 in the tie.

The 31-year-old Nadal hardly put a foot wrong on his return, having produced 14 of his 30 winners in the opening set of a lopsided contest.

Rafael Nadal faces a potentially season-defining Davis Cup weekend as the 16-time Grand Slam champion returns for his first appearance since hobbling out of the Australian Open in January with a crippling hip injury. Puetz served out the final game of the doubles rubber after 4 hours, 40 minutes on the outdoor clay court in Valencia's bullring.

Lucas Pouille, the world number 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. 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 played a solid match".

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

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 United States are in house to Belgium in Nashville from the other Quarter Final, with John Isner due to carry on Joris p Loore at the opening singles rubber in 2100 GMT.

Pouille looked in cruise control after he swept aside Seppi in the opening two sets but the slugfest went the distance after the Italian fought back in front of a passionate home crowd.



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