Nadal wins first match since January

Nadal wins first match since January

Nadal wins first match since January

Rafael Nadal described his return to action as "a day to remember" after the 16-time Grand Slam victor pulled Spain level in their Davis Cup quarterfinals against Germany.

Nadal, 31, who marked his comeback on Friday after more than two months on the sidelines with a hip injury by seeing off Philipp Kohlscreiber in his opening singles match, now has to repeat his magic against Zverev, 11 years his junior.

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. With AP Photos.Germans Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff have held off Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez to win 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 7-5 and take a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup quarterfinal.

In the opening match, world number 4 Alexander Zverev upset the local favourite David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Coming back from injuries is always hard, but it's great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day.

"I played a solid match".

Davis Cup action continues Saturday with the critical doubles rubbers taking place before spots in the semifinals will be decided come Sunday.

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Spain have history on their side - they have won 26 straight home ties, with their last defeat on Spanish soil against Brazil in 1999.

Italy's Fabio Fognini leveled the tie for the hosts after a dramatic four set win over France's Jeremy Chardy.

The victor of the tie will face either Spain or Germany for a place in the final. "It is my first clay-court match in a very long time so it was great to find my rhythm so quickly".

The USA went 2-0 up against Belgium after Miami Open victor John Isner beat Joris De Loore 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, before Sam Querrey triumphed against Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 7-6, 7-5.

Croatia took the lead against Kazakhstan when world number three Marin Cilic beat Dmitry Popko 6-2, 6-1, 6-2, before Mikhail Kukushkin levelled the tie after a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Borna Coric.

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