Davis Cup: Rafael Nadal levels for Spain after Alexander Zverev victory

Rafael Nadal leveled Spain’s World Group quarterfinal match against Germany in Valencia with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The world one extended his dominance over Kohlschreiber to 15 wins in 16 matches to keep Spain’s hopes very much alive.

After the match, Rafa said:

It’s positive of course, winning in straight sets, it was a solid match. I feel comfortable back on the clay.

It’s always special to play at home at a Bullring Stadium, it’s very unique.

It’s a great feeling to be back, coming back from injuries is always difficult, but it’s great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day. I’m very happy with the match.

Rafa hasn’t lost a Davis Cup singles rubber since defeat on debut in the competition to Jiri Novak in Spain’s 3-2 victory over Czech Republic in the 2004 World Group first round.

Alexander Zverev had earlier beaten David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in Friday’s opening singles match.

The best-of-five tie will continue with the doubles on Saturday followed by the reverse singles on Sunday.


  1. I was so happy to see Rafa back on court. Yes, he was rusty as you would expect. His serve % was lower than usual, and he had 7 DF. Also more UFEs, but there was much to like. He had several thrilling shots, and most important, did not look injured. He won in 3 sets too. Sunday’s match should be incredible.

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