Get breaking news alerts from myKhel

Germany edge in front ahead of Nadal-Zverev Davis Cup clash

Tim Puetz (right) and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany celebrate a point against Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez of Spain during their Davis Cup doubles match on Saturday

Madrid, April 7: Spain will need Rafael Nadal to be on song on Sunday after they fell 2-1 behind to Germany in their Davis Cup quarter-final, while France and Croatia are also set for the last four. Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez fought gallantly after losing the first two sets, drawing level in a marathon match of over four-and-a-half hours, but Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff eventually sealed a shock 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 victory.

Now world number one Nadal must beat world number four Alexander Zverev if Spain are to avoid defeat in the last eight.

The other two European match-ups are also 2-1 as it stands, as the French pair - boasting the ATP's ninth-ranked doubles player Nicolas Mahut alongside Pierre Hugues Herbert - raced to victory in straight sets, defeating Italy 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli were swiftly seen off, fading after holding their own early on and the former - ranked 20th - will have to beat 11th-ranked Lucas Pouille to keep Italy in the competition.

Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic came from behind to beat Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Source: OPTA

For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS
For Daily Alerts

    Story first published: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 23:30 [IST]
    Other articles published on Apr 7, 2018
    POLLS
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Mykhel sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Mykhel website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more