Nadal wins first match since January

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

"I feel comfortable back on the clay", Nadal said.

Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff stunned Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5 as Spain were left to rue converting just two of 20 break points in a four-hour 40-minute encounter at the Plaza de Toros bullring.

The world No. 1 had been inactive since January 23 when he retired with a leg injury from his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic, but showed little signs of rust upon dismantling Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-2 6-3 to even five-time Davis Cup champion Spain with Germany, 1-1.

However, it's recent history which now concerns Nadal who opened his weekend against Philipp Kohlschreiber in yesterday's second singles. Germany is bidding to become the first team to beat Spain at home since Brazil in 1999, with Spain winning its past 26 ties on home soil.

Despite the pressure, Nadal can look ahead to his meeting against Zverev with confidence as he boasts a 3-0 record over the beanpole German including their only meeting on clay in Monte Carlo previous year. It was 50/50 in the end.

"It's a great feeling to be back".

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The victor of the Valencia quarterfinal will face either defending champions France or Italy for a place in the final.

France, the 10-time winners, have two top 30 players in Lucas Pouille, ranked at 11, and Adrian Mannarino, the world 25 although it was world number 80 Jeremy Chardy and not Mannarino who was given the nod to face Fabio Fognini.

Croatia also took the lead against Kazakhstan as Marin Cilic brushed aside Dmitry Popko 6-2 6-1 6-2.

"We played together for the first time and that's why we needed some time to find our game", said Dodig.

The United States are in house to Belgium in Nashville from the other Quarter Final, with John Isner due to carry on Joris p Loore at the opening singles rubber in 2100 GMT.

The USA went 2-0 up against Belgium after Miami Open victor John Isner beat Joris De Loore 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, before Sam Querrey triumphed against Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 7-6, 7-5.

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