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Nadal Downs Zverev To Force Decider

Nadal Downs Zverev To Force Decider”

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

The world number one's 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win in Valencia drew the tie level at 2-2, before veteran David Ferrer battled to a marathon 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber to finish the job.

In the opening match, world number 4 Alexander Zverev upset the local favourite David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Miami Open champion John Isner smashed 43 aces to overcome a surprisingly stiff challenge from world No. 319 Joris de Loore to win the United States' first point with a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 victory in a match that lasted over three hours.

Noah added: "It came down to a few points in the third set".

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.

Spain will need Rafael Nadal to be on song on Sunday after they fell 2-1 behind to Germany in their Davis Cup quarter-final, while France and Croatia are also set for the last four. "There were times when I lost a bit of control because the match was tough, I had not competed for a long time and to maintain the level of the first set was complicated for me".

"It's great to be back even if after an injury it's always hard".

Italian Fognini missed two chances to take the third set against Pouille, failing to serve out at 5-4 and then spurning a break point in the 11th game.

Chardy, a surprise selection ahead of Adrian Mannarino, the world 25, suffered his first Davis Cup defeat in six matches.

The French doubles team - boasting the ATP's ninth-ranked doubles player Nicolas Mahut alongside Pierre Hugues Herbert - raced to victory in straight sets, defeating Italy 6-4 6-3 6-1. Italy holds the Davis Cup record with a 29-tie unbeaten run at home from 1949-64.

Croatia also made it into the last four as Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic crushed Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1 6-1 in Varazdin to seal their tie 3-1.



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