Spain will play off for a Davis Cup semifinal berth in a live fifth rubber after Rafael Nadal levelled the tie against Germany at 2-2 on Sunday.
Rafa won 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to improve his career record against Alexander Zverev to 4-0.
After the match, Rafa said:
It was never going to be easy so I’m very happy to get an important victory for me and the team.
I’m very happy with my level, the first set was fantastic in such an important match.
It’s a great feeling and very unique to play here in front of my people. It was a great match for me in an unbelievable atmosphere.
He has now won 104 of 106 best-of-five matches on clay and again set the record for the longest Davis Cup winning streak in combined singles and doubles rubbers with 24 matches in a row under his belt.
He has not lost a Davis Cup rubber since losing the doubles rubber in Spain’s 3-2 victory against Italy in the 2005 World Group play-offs. Also, 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.
The fifth and deciding rubber to see which country advances to the semifinals of World Group will be between David Ferrer and Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Source: Davis Cup