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Split ties a feature on Davis Cup day one

Split ties a feature on Davis Cup day one”

After world number one Rafael Nadal put Alexander Zverev firmly in his place with a 6-1 6-4 6-4 humbling, Ferrer edged Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1) 3-6 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-5 in the final rubber at Valencia's sun-drenched Plaza de Toros to wrap up a 3-2 victory.

Team captain Jim Courier and John Isner (USA) and Sam Querrey (USA) and Jack Sock (USA) and Ryan Harrison (USA) and Steve Johnson (USA) celebrate winning the Davis Cup tie against Belgium at Belmont University.

The victor of the Valencia quarter-final will face either defending champions France or Italy for a place in the final.

Nadal brushed aside Philipp Kohlschreiber in his first match since the Australian Open after recovering from a hip injury to peg Germany back at 1-1 in Valencia on Friday.

"From the beginning till the end I played on a rather high level. constant pressure, superior, aggressive", former US Open champion Cilic said.

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

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"It's great to be back even if after an injury it's always hard".

On Saturday, Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez will face Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff in the doubles, paving the way for a potential tie-deciding clash between Nadal and 20-year-old Zverev on Sunday.

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.

Kohlschreiber also went down tamely in the second set, before putting up more of a fight at the start of the third, but 16-time Grand Slam victor Nadal was relentless and wrapped up the match.

This is the teams' first Davis Cup meeting since 2004. "We ended up winning a pretty comfortable breaker and from that I felt like we were pretty much on top and we just had to finish it off".

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. This is very special for David who we all love.



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