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Germany, France and Croatia lead in Davis Cup

Germany, France and Croatia lead in Davis Cup

The Spaniards found themselves 2-1 down at the start of play on Sunday, but Rafael Nadal levelled up proceedings with a fine win over world No. 4 Alexander Zverev.

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.

Nadal brushed aside Philipp Kohlschreiber in his first match since the Australian Open after recovering from a hip injury to peg Germany back at 1-1 in Valencia on Friday. "It was a great match for me in an unbelievable atmosphere".

It was also the 24th consecutive match Nadal has won in the Davis Cup.

"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".

Germany's Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff celebrate winning their quarter final doubles match against Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.

Spain extended its winning streak at home to 27 ties.

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. The French came out on top in a dramatic match earlier in the day when Lucas Pouille defeated Andreas Seppi in five sets. "He made this a huge thing, like in football sometimes where the guy you don't touch still collapses", Chardy said.

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.

Germany pounced on their chance and served out to win the marathon in four hours 23 minutes.

"I am ready to play three days, for sure", said Fognini, who has played for Italy every year since 2008. "I am playing not just for me but also for Italy".

The USA were the first side to book their spot in the last-four of the competition as John Isner and Sam Querrey secured routine singles wins over Belgium's Joris De Loore and Ruben Bemelmans, before Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock completed the rout against last year's beaten finalists in the doubles.

Sock and Harrison came from behind to beat Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 after the U.S. won both of their singles matches on Friday.


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