Germany on verge of knocking out Spain from Davis Cup

Nadal was swiftly back in 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. "I feel comfortable back on the clay", Nadal said on the Davis Cup website.

Holders France were tied 1-1 with Italy in Genoa and 2005 winners Croatia were also deadlocked against visitors Kazakhstan after a day of thrilling action on indoor red clay in Varazdin.

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

In the opening set, Sock's serve was broken in the 11th game as the Belgians forged an early advantage in a match they needed to win to retain any hope of reaching a third straight Davis Cup final. "Coming back from injuries is always hard, but it's great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day". Germany then took a 2-1 lead when Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff won the doubles rubber against Feliciano and Marc Lopez.

Spain extended its winning streak at home to 27 ties.

The other two European match-ups are also 2-1 as it stands, as the France pair, boasting the ATP's No.9-ranked doubles player Nicolas Mahut alongside Pierre Hugues Herbert, raced to victory in straight sets, defeating Italy 6-4 6-3 6-1.

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The U.S. duo overcame some nervous moments but were able to win key points in the two tiebreakers to secure a victory to ensure the record 32-times winners advanced to the last four.

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.

Chardy, a surprise selection ahead of Adrian Mannarino, the world 25, suffered his first Davis Cup defeat in six matches.

Germany pounced on their chance and served out to win the marathon in four hours and 23 minutes.

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.

Belgium, who are playing without world No 10 David Goffin, do not have a player ranked in the top 100 in their line-up.

  • Regina Holmes