Playing for Spain in Davis Cup will bring both boon and bane for Rafael Nadal
09 April, 2018, 00:49
Nadal returned to action this week in his first match of the Davis Cup quarter-final.
With Davis Cup's World Group matches underway, Spain is all set to welcome their best player for the home quarter-final tie against Germany.
The 36-year-old Ferrer produced a stunning five hour 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 victory against Kohlschreiber at the Plaza de Toros in Valencia to hand his country the 3-2 victory.
Nadal is aiming to clinch his 23rd straight rubber and set the record for the longest Davis Cup winning streak, combining singles and doubles rubbers.
"Physically, I have felt good in the last few days and I hope to be well for Friday", Nadal said of his upcoming matchup with Philip Kohlschreiber, via Yahoo Sports.
"That was a tough match", said Puetz.
"It's a memorable day, in front of my own crowd".
It was also the 24th consecutive match Nadal has won in the Davis Cup.
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"It's a great feeling to be back".
Holder France was tied 1-1 with Italy in Genoa, and 2005 victor Croatia was also deadlocked against visitor Kazakhstan after a day of thrilling action on indoor red clay in Varazdin.
Elsewhere, defending champion France booked a home semifinal against Spain as Lucas Pouille claimed a hard-fought win over Fabio Fognini in Genoa to give the visitors a 3-1 victory in the tie.
"I don't know if there will be one more year, I feel well, I am going week-by-week".
On Saturday, France's Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will face Fognini and Simone Bolelli in the doubles. This might be the last time Ferrer will be able to contribute to his country's success in the Davis Cup. "I am playing not just for me but also for Italy".
But then world number 92 Mikhail Kukushkin demonstrated the spirit and determination of this Kazhak team as he brought the scores level with victory over Borna Ćorić, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2.
In Varazdin, Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic overcame Kazakhstan's Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-4 6-2 to hand hosts Croatia a 2-1 lead.