PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal leads Spain to Davis Cup semifinals

A nerveless Rafael Nadal needed just one hour to level the tie for Spain against Argentina, easing past Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-2, to cancel out Guido Pella’s victory over Pablo Carreño Busta in the opening match of their Davis Cup quarter-final on Friday in Madrid.

I have been playing great. Great serve, played aggressive from the baseline, I had the breaks early in the sets and that helps.

Before the start of the tie, a moment of silence was observed in honour of Roberto Bautista Agut’s father, who passed away on Thursday. As the Spanish players lined up for the pre-tie ceremony, they left a space between them for their absent team-mate.

Spain will make its second straight semifinal appearance after Rafa and Marcel Granollers defeated Máximo González and Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the decisive doubles match in front of a lively and vocal crowd at the Caja Mágica center court.

Source: Davis Cup Finals

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  1. MIX…..SLICE……SLIDE AND GLIDE…….BEAUTIFUL FITNESS …….BEAUTIFUL POWER DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVE THE WAY YOU PLAY!!!!!!:) MAGICAL TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS !!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  2. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) BEAUTIFUL SWIFT 1ST SET LEAD ….GREAT 6:4…..WE LOVE YOU AND LOVE YOUR POINT BY POINT PRECIOUS AND EXCITING PLAY!!!!!!:) LOVE YOUR SPEED AND NET MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS AND ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!:)
    XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  3. UMPIRE MUST OVER RULE MISCALLS! HE IS ALLOWING WAY TOO MANY…..
    GREAT YOU ARE CHALLENGING SWEETHEART!!:)
    GO RAFA GO!!!!:) GORGEOUS 6……SIX BRIGHT SHINNING ACES !!!!!!!!!!:)

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  4. GORGEOUS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!:) BEAUTIFUL PRECIOUS SERVE AND BEAUTIFUL 4….FOUR SHARP TIMELY ACES !!!!!!!!!!:) GO SWEETHEART GO YOU ARE SOLID OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!:) LOVE YOUR ENERGY AND BEAUTIFUL RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  5. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO AND TELL F TO PRETEND HE JUST WON HIS SINGLES ANF KEEP STRIDING FORWARD!!!!!….ENJOY SWEETHEART AND HAVE A GREAT DOUBLES W F!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU XOXOXO

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  6. It’s always such a thrill to see Rafa playing so well and at the end of the year to boot. Who would have thought.

    Great pictures of his wife in the moment cheering him on.

    RAFA ROCKS HIS TEAM

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  7. Rafa Rafa brilliant it was an execution in the singles,doubles exciting you are a joy to watch. 💜🇪🇸💜🇪🇸💜🇪🇸💜

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  8. When is it going to be on the Tennis Channel so that I can watch. I’ve checked daily and it’s not on. I want to watch you win Rafa . So glad to hear that you are. Onward Champ..

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  9. Condolences to R B Agut ,Congratulations Rafa and the Spain team vamossssssssss champ 🇺🇸💪🎾❤️😘💪🎾❤️😘👍💪🎾❤️😘

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  10. Very poignant moment when the players honoured Roberto’s father with silence and respect .
    Amazingly easy singles match and superb doubles , both teams players superb tennis. Bravo Rafa and Marcel .🇪🇸🌟🌟

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    • Condolences to Batista Agut.
      Rafa, finding it difficult to cheer for Spain when your opponent is Britain. May the BEST team win. Will always love you personally. God bless. Have a very Happy Christmas and may 2020 be an amazing year for you.

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  11. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!:) 8….EIGHT….. BEAUTIFUL SHARP AND TIMELY ACES!!!!!!!!:) WI……WI…….WI…….AND CI…….CI……..CI…….SENIOR PRECIOUS SWEETHEART CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE WERE WATCHING YOUR MAGIC LIVE….SMILING…..ENJOYING…….CHEERING…..GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!:( YOU ARE GRACEFUL AND MIGHTY STRONG, CLASSY AND FEISTY ON ALL SURFACES!!!!!!!!:) INDOORS….OUTDOORS….A BRILLIANT TENNIS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!:) LOVED WATCHING YOUR PRECIOUS SWIFT VICTORIOUS MATCH…..WE WERE PICKING UP OUR SON NATANEL FROM COLLEGE….AND WATCHED IT AT HIS DORMS!!!!!:) THE ADORING MADRID CROWD LOVES YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR YOUR BELOVED COUNTRY SPAIN!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) ENJOY YOUR WIN SWEETHEART AND ENJOY LOTS OF FUN PLAYING NEXT!!!!!:) WHAT A WAY. SWEETHEART TO END WITH SUCH CLEAN SHARP GORGEOUS ACE!!!!!!!!!!!!:) BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VERY IMPRESSIVE YOUR ENTIRE PLAY AND YOUR PRECIOUS EFFECTIVE SERVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM SPAIN!!!!!!!!:)
    XOXOXOXOXO

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