Split ties a feature on Davis Cup day one

Lawrence Cooper
April 9, 2018

The 31-year-old Nadal leads Spain into a home quarter-final against Germany at Valencia's iconic Plaza de Toros bullring, boasting a remarkable record in the tournament. "It's always special to play in these arenas", added Nadal, who has played in four of Spain's five Davis Cup-winning teams.

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. "It was a great match for me in an unbelievable atmosphere".

France has now won six consecutive Davis Cup ties, two shy of their all-time record win streak from 2000-2002.

"It's a great feeling to be back, coming back from injuries is always hard, but it's great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day".

Spain and Germany's tie was the only to go the distance, largely due to the surprising doubles win for Jan-Lennard Struff and Tim Puetz over Feliciano Lopez and Mark Lopez.

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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. "I had a tough first set but I kept trying and was playing better and better and it was a great effort to come back and win this one", said Pouille.

April 7, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; 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.

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert had cruised to a straight-sets victory over Fognini and Simone Bolelli in the doubles on Saturday to put France in control, despite Fognini's bad-tempered four-set win against Jeremy Chardy.

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.

Isner needed three hours and 14 minutes to dispose of world number 319 Joris de Loore 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, while world No 14 Querrey beat 110th ranked Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 7-6, 7-5 in a two-hour long second rubber.

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