Nadal and Zverev to meet in high-stakes Davis Cup clash

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Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal will meet for a fourth time in Davis Cup; Getty Images
Rafael Nadal needs to add to his record Davis Cup winning streak to keep Spanish hopes alive against Germany.

Germany is just a win away from upsetting Spain for a place in the Davis Cup semifinals after Tim Puetz and Jan Lennard-Struff staved off Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-7(4) 7-5 in a four-hour 40-minute doubles epic.

It continued a perfect five-set record for the German duo, who also upset Matt Ebden and John Peers in the nation’s first-round tie against Australia.

It sets a tantalising fourth rubber between Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev at the Plza de Toros de Valencia in Spain.

Following the critical fourth rubber win he achieved over Nick Kyrgios in the first round, Zverev now has a chance to repeat the feat against the Nadal to send Germany into the Davis Cup semifinal for the first time since 2007.

But it will take a monumental effort from the 20-year-old German. Nadal not only holds a 23-match win streak in Davis Cup but also holds a 3-0 record in head-to-head meetings against Zverev.

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Adding to the challenge, Spain has won 26 straight ties on home soil.

On Friday, Zverev opened with a win for Germany in the first singles rubber, overcoming Davis Ferrer in straight sets.

Contesting his first match since retiring in the Australian Open quarterfinals with a leg injury, Nadal defeated Philipp Kohlschreibber 6-2 6-2 6-3.

The winner between Spain and Germany could face France, with the defending Davis Cup champions holding a 2-1 lead over Italy after Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated Simone Bolleli and Fabio Fognini in the 6-4 6-3 6-1 in the doubles.

America defeats Belgium to secure semifinal position

American duo Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock have combined superbly to defeat Gille Sander and Joran Vliegen 5-7 7-6(1) 7-6(3) 6-4 to secure a 3-0 win over Belgium and progress to the semifinals for the first time since 2012.

John Isner and Sam Querrey also claimed victories for the host nation in Nashville, USA, with singles wins over Joris De Loore and Ruben Bemelmans respectively.

Runner-up in Davis Cup in 2015 and 2017, Belgium was competing without top-10 stalwart David Goffin, who has contested just one match since suffering a serious eye injury in Rotterdam.

 

 

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