Nadal routs Zverev, Ferrer outlasts Kohlschreiber to lead Spain past Germany

Rafael Nadal

Nadal had not played for Spain since the tie against India two years ago, but was back to his vintage best as he claimed his 23rd singles victory in the competition with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, Xinhua news agency reported.

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.

Victory meant Nadal set the record for the longest Davis Cup winning streak in combined singles and doubles matches with 23 in a row.

He beat Kohlschreiber in straight sets on Friday after Zverev had overcome Ferrer.

But Nadal kept up his end of the bargain on Sunday and the 36-year-old Ferrer showed all of his trademark never-say-die qualities to keep Spain's hopes of a sixth Davis Cup title alive.

Nadal and the local crowd erupted in celebration when the 33rd-ranked Ferrer successfully served for the match after breaking Kohlschreiber's serve in the previous game.

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert had cruised to a straight-sets victory over Fognini and Simone Bolelli in the doubles on Saturday to put France in control, despite Fognini's bad-tempered four-set win against Jeremy Chardy.

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.

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

Team captain Jim Courier and 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.

The splits in opening singles action continued between Croatia and Kazakhstan as Marin Cilic won easily before Mikhail Kukushkin tied it up for the Kazakhs with a four-set upset of Borna Coric. "It was a great match for me in an unbelievable atmosphere".

France won Saturday's doubles to lead 2-1 and Lucas Pouille secured the win in the fourth match by beating Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fire at Trump Tower leaves 1 man dead and 6 firefighters injured
Apr 09, 2018 - 00:32
Flames and smoke were spotted billowing and debris raining down from the 50th floor of the Trump Tower around 5:30 p.m. Brassner was unconscious and unresponsive when firefighters pulled him out, the New York Police Department said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Masters Bus Crash Injures at Least a Dozen on Interstate 20
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:31
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) - Lanes on I-20 eastbound and westbound are blocked after a tour bus has overturned on I-20. The crash originally led to the closure of lanes on both sides of the interstate.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Salman Khan, Bollywood superstar, bailed in poaching case
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:31
Judge Madhu Sudan Sharma heard the final arguments from the prosecution and defence counsels for five months. He was granted bail by the Jodhpur Sessions Court in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How a Trade War Could Impact Employment in the US
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:14
The US on Tuesday published a list of US$50 billion in Chinese imports set to be hit by US tariffs. Gao said comments from USA officials about ongoing talks about trade issues were incorrect.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Syrian truce collapses; offensive on rebel areas outside Damascus kills dozens
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:12
There are three warplanes in the sky and two helicopters", Firas al-Doumi, a rescue worker inside Douma, told AFP this morning. A view of Syrian Arab Red Crescent, a humanitarian non-profit organisation, personnel delivering aid in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Commonwealth Games: Kenyan swimmers in deep waters, lifters weighed down
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:05
The Indian then walked out to set a new CWG record at 84 kg and take the lead. Lather bagged a bronze medal in the men's 69 kilogram competition.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top WWE WrestleMania 34 - Match Card, Predictions and More
Apr 08, 2018 - 01:04
You can check out the photo she posted on Twitter below. "I can't buy them in a match without Nia [Jax] just destroying her". Nia Jax - The body shaming and bullying angle from Alexa Bliss towards her real life best friend Jax has fans in an uproar.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Judge Hearing Salman Khan Bail Request Among 87 Transferred In Rajasthan
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:45
After a Punjab-based gangster Lawrence Bishnoi threatened to kill Khan in Jodhpur , security inside the jail has been beefed up. There was a lot of speculation before the hearing that the actor might not get his bail today because of this reshuffle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dwayne The Rock Johnson will never play borderline psychopath
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:44
Johnson has previously opened up about his mother's suicide attempt and his subsequent struggles with depression . Johnson secretly dealt with depression for most of his life.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top National Guard troops begin deploying to border security mission
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:44
Kay Ivey, a Republican, said Friday that she will consult with the head of the Alabama Guard to see what resources are available. Brigadier General Tracy Norris of the Texas National Guard said 250 troops would also be sent in the next 72 hours in response.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top CC Sabathia Leaves Game With Right Hip Soreness, To Undergo MRI
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:42
If this wasn't enough, Aaron Judge used every piece of the 6-foot 7-inch framework to rob Joseph of the home run in the 13 Th. Three out of the four hits that Sabathia surrendered were solo home runs, two to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Brazil's Lula in talks to surrender to federal police
Apr 07, 2018 - 14:41
Parana is where Moro has been leading Brazil's wide-reaching investigation into corruption involving state oil giant Petrobras. The former president denies any wrongdoing in this case or in a lot of other corruption circumstances that have to be tried.

Apple reportedly developing gesture controls, curved screens for iPhones ars_ab.settitle(1287905)
Apr 06, 2018 - 02:11
As stated, both features are in early stages of development and it will be a couple of years before they see the light of day. As per the report, a curved screen iPhone with touchless gestures could arrive in the next two to three years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Police Shoot and Kill Unarmed Black Man, Saheed Vassell, In Crown Heights
Apr 06, 2018 - 02:11
The chief said four officers - three in plainclothes, one in uniform - fired 10 shots at the man. Police released surveillance stills of Vassell pointing the object at pedestrians.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New Overwatch comic fills in the Retribution event backstory
Apr 06, 2018 - 02:10
The mission takes players eight years into the past on a Blackwatch mission with Reaper, Moira , Genji , and McCree . An "All Heroes" mode will also be available, but it will be different compared to the story version of the game mode.