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09 April 2018, 12:32 | Stacy Ballard
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The U.S. duo overcame some nervous moments but were able to win key points in the two tiebreakers to secure a victory to ensure the record 32-times winners advanced to the last four.
"It's positive, winning in straight sets".
Returning to the court for the first time since the Australian Open and a hip injury, world number one Nadal leveled the tie for the host Spaniards and setting the record for the longest career Davis Cup win streak along the way. Kohlschreiber refused to surrender, winning the fourth set and pulling the break back in the decider before David made a decisive move with another break in game 11, sealing the deal a few minutes later to make the crowd in Valencia erupting in joy, together with his teammates that supported him from the very first point. "I am playing not just for me but also for Italy".
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 US a 3-0 win.
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England's Zoe Smith challenged for the gold after successfully completing all six of her attempts but had to settle for silver. India now has four gold medals, silver and a bronze in the event, leaving them fourth on the overall tally.
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.
Rafael Nadal returned to action after a long injury layoff on Friday, comfortably defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to leave Spain even with Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The victory for the world No 1 in the Plaza de Toros bullring levelled the tie after world No 4 Alexander Zverev beat 33rd-ranked David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
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.
German Zverev, also a top five player, earned a comfortable victory over Valencia-native Davis Ferrer in the opening rubber.
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