Nadal returns, extends Davis Cup win streak

Jo Caldwell
April 8, 2018

Rafael Nadal showed little signs of problems in his first match in over two months.

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber during a World Group Quarter final Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring today in Valencia, Spain.

Another highly-anticipated quarterfinal tie, France and Italy were locked at 1-1 after the opening day of play in Genoa.

Nadal was immediately straight back in to the swing of things in Valencia, dismantling Kohlschreiber after Alexander Zverev blew away David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 6-2 to put Germany in front.

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Lucas Pouille fired the French ahead with a laboured 6-3 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-1 win over Andreas Seppi before home favourite Fabio Fognini redressed the balance with a 6-7 (6) 6-2 6-2 6-3 defeat of Jeremy Chardy. Spain hasn't lost a tie as host since the first round in 1999 against Brazil.

On Saturday, Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock, both with top-30 doubles rankings, can wrap up the tie when they face Sander Gille, ranked 84, and number 98 Joran Vliegen.

Rafael Nadal described his return to action as "a memorable day" after the 16-time Grand Slam victor pulled Spain level in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Germany. "I feel good when I return to the clay courts".

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

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Croatia also took the lead against Kazakhstan as Marin Cilic brushed aside Dmitry Popko 6-2 6-1 6-2.

"It's still a remarkable experience to return, coming back out of injuries isn't obviously hard, however it'so great to be in the front of my audience on a exact memorable moment".

"I played more aggressively as the match went on".

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.

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