David Ferrer won a thrilling five-set decider against Philipp Kohlschreiber to give Spain a 3-2 victory over Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
Roared on by his hometown crowd in Valencia, Ferrer came through 7-6(1) 3-6 7-6(4) 4-6 7-5 after four hours and 51 minutes at the Plaza de Toros.
Ferrer later described it as “the best moment of my life,” while Spain captain Sergi Bruguera added: “I feel so much emotion. The match that they both played was unbelievable.
“This is very special for David who we all love. He is one of the greatest people on the circuit and he deserves a match like this.”
The home fans are loving every moment of this epic 5-set match… and so is @RafaelNadal
— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) April 8, 2018
World No.1 Rafael Nadal had earlier seen off world No.4 Alexander Zverev with an impressive performance in a 6-1 6-4 6-4 win to level the tie at 2-2.
“I’m very happy with my level, the first set was fantastic in such an important match,” said Nadal.
“It’s a great feeling and very unique to play here in front of my people. It was a great match for me in an unbelievable atmosphere.”
Spain will travel to face France in September’s semifinals after the defending champions beat Italy 3-1, with Lucas Pouille claiming the decisive point thanks to a 2-6 6-1 7-6(3) 6-3 win over Fabio Fognini.
“We knew that before coming here it would be a tough tie but we gave our best and now we are going to try and defend our title,” said Pouille.
The other semifinal will see Croatia host the USA, after Marin Cilic thrashed Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1 6-1 to wrap up a 3-1 win for the Croats in Varazdin.
The USA had already secured victory after winning the doubles for a 3-0 lead over Belgium in Nashville on day two.
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