Nadal swats Zverev aside to keep Spain alive

Nadal swats Zverev aside to keep Spain alive

The United States took an unassailable 3-0 lead over last year's runners-up Belgium in Nashville on Saturday. "It's my first clay-court match in a very long time, so it was great to find my rhythm so quickly", Zverev said.

On Saturday, Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez will face Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff in the doubles, paving the way for a potential tie-deciding clash between Nadal and 20-year-old Zverev on Sunday.

On Sunday world number four Alexander Zverev could secure Germany's spot in the semi-finals if he is able to snap Nadal's record 23-match winning streak in the men's team competition.

Noah added: "It came down to a few points in the third set".

Ferrer needed almost five hours to defeat Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 at the packed bull ring in Valencia, guaranteeing Spain's return to the semifinals for the first time since 2012. "Coming back from injuries is always hard, but it's great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day".

Croatia will meet the United States in the semis in September following Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison's doubles win against Belgium's Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen on Saturday which gave the USA a 3-0 win.

The situation appeared even bleaker for the Americans in the second set when they fell 15-40 down while serving at 5-5, but this time Sock staved off two break points and the hosts won the ensuing tiebreaker and never looked back.

The Davis Cup is usually shown on the BBC but with Great Britain not involved the option to broadcast the quarter-finals wasn't taken up.

David Ferrer will face Kohlschreiber in the decider, with Spain eyeing a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2012.

In Varazdin, Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic overcame Kazakhstan's Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-4 6-2 to hand hosts Croatia a 2-1 lead.

Croatia also made it into the last four as Australian Open runner-up, Marin Cilic, crushed Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1 6-1 to seal their tie 3-1.

Elsewhere this weekend, world number 11 Lucas Pouille, who helped clinch France's first title in 17 years last year, will lead the holders against Italy in Genoa.