Davis Cup 2018 : Spain beats Germany 3-2 to reach semifinals

David Ferrer sealed Spain’s 3-2 comeback win over Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals with a thrilling five-set victory against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Ferrer needed nearly five hours to defeat Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 at  Valencia, guaranteeing Spain’s return to the semifinals for the first time since 2012.

World No 1 Rafael Nadal cruised to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over fourth-ranked Alexander Zverev in the first match Sunday to keep Spain alive after entering the day trailing 2-1.

Nadal with his 24th straight win since 2005, which remains the most in Davis Cup history combining singles and doubles.

Spain beat Germany to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals and will now face France, which defeated Italy 3-1.

Germany led 2-1 after Saturday’s doubles but world number one Nadal levelled the tie with a 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Alexander Zverev.

France will host Spain in the final four after beating Italy.

France won Saturday’s doubles to lead 2-1 and Lucas Pouille secured the win in the fourth match by beating Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

Croatia will take on the United States in the other semi-final, with both ties to be played on 14-16 September.

Davis Cup Results

Spain 3-2 Germany

Rafael Nadal (ESP) bt. Alexander Zverev (GER): 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

David Ferrer (ESP) vbt. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER): 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5

France 3-1 Italy

Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA): 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-3

Croatia 3-1 Kazakhstan

Marin Cilic (CRO) bt. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ): 6-1, 6-1, 6-1

United States 4-0 Belgium

Ryan Harrison (USA) bt. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL): 6-3, 6-4

Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Joris De Loore (BEL)


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