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)