'Day to remember' after Rafael Nadal's record-setting win at Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal

GETTYRafael Nadal beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in their last meeting in 2017

Germany won the opening singles when world No. 4 Alexander Zverev defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Two breaks in each set were enough for Nadal to seal an impressively comfortable victory over Zverev in what was only the 31-year-old's second outing since returning from a hip injury.

A prowling Nadal came up with 21 winners and world number four Zverev racked up 57 unforced errors as the 16-time grand slam champion extended his winning run to a Davis Cup-record 24 matches.

It was the 23rd straight win for Nadal since 2005, setting the Davis Cup record combining singles and doubles.

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Ferrer and Kohlschreiber's match was locked at one set each at the Plaza de Toros in Valencia on Sunday. Germany then took a 2-1 lead when Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff won the doubles rubber against Feliciano and Marc Lopez.

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

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarterfinal match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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World number 11 Pouille, who had beaten Andreas Seppi in five sets on Friday, came from behind to see off Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 and send Yannick Noah's France into the semis for the third time in four years. "It was a great match for me in an unbelievable atmosphere".

World No. 1 Nadal had not played since he retired from his Australian Open quarterfinal against Marin Cilic in January with a leg injury, but made light work of Kohlschreiber to draw five-time victor Spain level at 1-1 in the tie.

In Nashville, John Isner and Sam Querrey lifted the Americans a 2-0 lead over last year's runners-up Belgium as the USA tries to reach the semis for the first time in six years.

Germany team captain Michael Kohlmann said: "This is what the Davis Cup is all about".

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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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