United States ease past Belgium into Davis Cup semi-finals

United States ease past Belgium into Davis Cup semi-finals

After world number one Rafael Nadal put Alexander Zverev firmly in his place with a 6-1 6-4 6-4 humbling, Ferrer edged Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1) 3-6 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-5 in the final rubber at Valencia's sun-drenched Plaza de Toros to wrap up a 3-2 victory. "I feel comfortable back on the clay", Nadal said on the Davis Cup website.

Elsewhere, defending champions France booked a home semi-final against Spain as Lucas Pouille claimed a hard-fought win over Fabio Fognini in Genoa to give the visitors a 3-1 victory in the tie.

"From the beginning till the end I played on a rather high level. constant pressure, superior, aggressive", former US Open champion Cilic said.

France has now won six consecutive Davis Cup ties, two shy of their all-time record win streak from 2000-2002. "Coming back from injuries is always hard, but it's great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day".

And he is hoping to take his second point for Spain this week as they battle back from 2-1 down against Germany.

Kohlschreiber also went down tamely in the second set, before putting up more of a fight at the start of the third, but 16-time Grand Slam victor Nadal was relentless and wrapped up the match.

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Spain joined the USA, France and Croatia in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup after a dramatic comeback on the final day in Valencia.

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert had cruised to a straight-sets victory over Fognini and Simone Bolelli in the doubles on Saturday to put France in control, despite Fognini's bad-tempered four-set win against Jeremy Chardy. "The Davis Cup is special".

The United States took an unassailable 3-0 lead over last year's runners-up Belgium in Nashville on Saturday. "I am playing not just for me but also for Italy".

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 in Varazdin to seal their tie 3-1.

Isner needed three hours and 14 minutes to dispose of world number 319 Joris de Loore 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, while world No 14 Querrey beat 110th ranked Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 7-6, 7-5 in a two-hour long second rubber.

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