Feliciano Lopez: It's one of toughest losses I've had in Davis Cup

Apr 09, 2018, 00:52
Feliciano Lopez: It's one of toughest losses I've had in Davis Cup

World number one Nadal cruised past fourth-ranked German Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to keep Spain's hopes alive, forcing a fifth and deciding rubber between Ferrer and Philipp Kohlschreiber. "He is not at 100% yet, but if he can win a match or two, it can help him", Moya said.

World number one Rafael Nadal had not played since he retired from his Australian Open quarterfinal in January but made light work of Germany's Philip Kohlschreiber. "We go progressing, the Davis Cup motivates us but we also know that after that, it comes a month and a half without stopping that is very important to him", Moya added. "I feel comfortable back on the clay", Nadal said on the Davis Cup website.

With the doubles coming up tomorrow, Nadal has a break before his scheduled - and potentially crucial - singles match against Zverev, which will be followed by a final singles match between Ferrer and Kohlschreiber. Germany then took a 2-1 lead when Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff won the doubles rubber against Feliciano and Marc Lopez.

The 31-year-old Nadal leads Spain into a home quarter-final against Germany at Valencia's iconic Plaza de Toros bullring, boasting a remarkable record in the tournament. Kohlschreiber twice fought back from a set down, but former French Open runner-up Ferrer broke in the 11th game of the decider and held his nerve on serve after nearly five hours on court.

Lucas Pouille got France off to a winning start in the last eight after emerging as victor in a five-set war against Italy's Andreas Seppi, who fell 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1.

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"It's positive, winning in straight sets".

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.

The heavily-favored US 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.

David Ferrer will face Kohlschreiber in the decider, with Spain eyeing a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2012.