Davis Cup: Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer put Spain into semi-finals

Davis Cup: Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer put Spain into semi-finals

Davis Cup: Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer put Spain into semi-finals

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

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.

Germany raced into a two-set lead but with world number one Rafael Nadal roaring on his team mates, Spain fought back to force a fifth set at a packed Plaza de Toros arena. "It's my first clay-court match in a very long time, so it was great to find my rhythm so quickly", Zverev said.

"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.

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

"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".

Fognini, who spent over 11 hours on court in the victory over Japan in the first round, was furious after Chardy had brushed his shoulder against him during a changeover early in the third set.

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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.

The United States are at home to Belgium in Nashville in the other quarterfinal, with John Isner due to take on Joris de Loore in the opening singles rubber at 21.00 GMT. Germany also won the doubles match on Saturday.

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

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.

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.

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.

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