Rafael Nadal Returns to Action in Davis Cup Quarterfinals


Spain also have form on their side - they have won 26 straight home ties, with their last defeat on Spanish soil coming against Brazil in 1999.

"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". France has now won six consecutive Davis Cup ties, two shy of their all-time record win streak from 2000-2002.

The highlight of a stacked set of Davis Cup last eight ties was Germany's visit to Spain and the two evenly matches squads, led by Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal respectively, closed action Friday at one-all.

In front of a partisan crowd which needed little excuse to get excited, Nadal regularly produced his trademark fist pump en route to a Davis Cup-record 23rd straight win in singles and doubles, a run that stretches back to 2005.

"No, probably will be better to come back in the best of three sets, not best of five sets", Nadal was quoted as saying by the Express.

Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli were swiftly seen off, fading after holding their own early on and the former - ranked 20th - will have to beat 11th-ranked Lucas Pouille to keep Italy in the competition.

"I want to enjoy this moment, " said Ferrer, a Valencia resident.

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

Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic overcame Kazakhstan's Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-4 6-2 to hand Croatia a 2-1 lead.

"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.

"I am ready to play three days, for sure", said Fognini, who has played for Italy every year since 2008. But, if it is the other way round, Nadal must withdraw from the Davis Cup squad. The 36-year-old debuted in the Davis Cup long ago in 2004.

Croatia will meet the United States in the semis in September following Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison's doubles win against Belgium's Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen on Saturday which gave the US a 3-0 win.

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