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

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

Germany led 2-1 after Saturday's doubles but world number one Nadal levelled the tie with a 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Alexander Zverev.

"I won without playing my best tennis, those are the best types of victories", Pouille said after his first Davis Cup win over a top-20 player.

The victor of the Valencia quarter-final will face either defending champions France or Italy for a place in the final.

Ferrer needed almost five hours to defeat Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 at the packed bull ring in Valencia, guaranteeing Spain's return to the semifinals for the first time since 2012. "It was a great match for me in an unbelievable atmosphere".

In the opening set, Sock's serve was broken in the 11th game as the Belgians forged an early advantage in a match they needed to win to retain any hope of reaching a third straight Davis Cup final.

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

Spain is trying to extend its winning streak at home to 27 ties.

Italian No 1 Fabio Fognini then won a bad-tempered 3hr 30min rubber against world No 80 Jeremy Chardy 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to make the tie 1-1.

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

"I didn't even know if I really touched him on the shoulder".

The Davis Cup is usually shown on the BBC but with Great Britain not involved the option to broadcast the quarter-finals wasn't taken up.

Germany pounced on their chance and served out to win the marathon in four hours 23 minutes. "The Davis Cup is special".

John Isner of the United States celebrates his victory over Joris de Loore of Belgium after the first match at the Davis Cup.

The world number three had already cruised past Dimitry Popko in straight sets on Friday, and Sunday's win wrapped up a 3-1 last-eight success for the hosts.

But Mikhail Kukushkin, the top-ranked Kazakh player at 92, then levelled the tie by seeing off world 28 Borna Coric, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The heavily-favored USA team took a 2-0 lead against a depleted Belgium side on the indoor hard courts in Nashville, Tenn., to come within a point of its first Davis Cup semifinals in six years.

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