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Split ties a feature on Davis Cup day one

09 April 2018, 12:27 | Kristopher Drake

GETTYRafael Nadal will be back in action today

Rafael Nadal

Plaza de Toros de Valencia, Valencia, ESP (clay- outdoor) World No. 1 Rafael Nadal forced a decisive fifth rubber in Valencia after beating Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal faces a potentially season-defining Davis Cup weekend as the 16-time Grand Slam champion returns for his first appearance since hobbling out of the Australian Open in January with a crippling hip injury.

It was the 23rd straight win for Nadal since 2005, setting the Davis Cup record combining singles and doubles.

And he is hoping to take his second point for Spain this week as they battle back from 2-1 down against Germany.

April 7, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; 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.

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.

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"I have always had great experiences in the Davis Cup and this is another opportunity".

Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez fought gallantly after losing the first two sets, drawing level in a marathon match of over four-and-a-half hours, but Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff eventually sealed a shock 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 victory. "I feel comfortable back on the clay", Nadal said.

Defending champions France forged a 2-1 lead against Italy after Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert earned a straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.

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.

Holder France was tied 1-1 with Italy in Genoa, and 2005 victor Croatia was also deadlocked against visitor Kazakhstan after a day of thrilling action on indoor red clay in Varazdin.

In Nashville, John Isner and Sam Querrey lifted the Americans a 2-0 lead over last year's runners-up Belgium as the United States tries to reach the semis for the first time in six years.



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