India vs Spain, Davis Cup: Nadal-Lopez beat Paes-Myneni, Spain win World Group play-off

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez came from behind to beat Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni and won the World Group play-off for Spain.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2016 12:05 am
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Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez led Spain back into Davis Cup World Group after defeating the India pair of Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles on Saturday.

The Spanish pair, the Olympic champions, were a set and 5-4 down in the second set when they staged a fightback and gave Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in the playoff.

Nadal, who missed Friday’s singles due to persistent wrist injury, said: “For us it was a very important confrontation after two years being away from the World Group. It’s important for us to come back to where we think we have to be.”

David Ferrer defeated Myneni on Friday, and Feliciano Lopez, who replaced Nadal for the first singles, beat Ramkumar Ramanathan.

(AP)

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GAME SET AND MATCH SPAIN! Nadal holds his serve and Spain win the fourth set 6-4.

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Saketh sends forehand at Marc and he puts it away. Match point!

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Saketh somehow returns a volley with it travelling and aimed right at his body. 30-15

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Saketh sends the forehand serve return wide and it is 30-0

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Rafa with a strong deep serve and Paes sends it straight to Lopez who puts it away. 15-0

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Lopez with an incredible point from start to finish. Great return and then returns followed by a volley to bring up two break points. And BREAK! Nadal sends a forehand winner past Saketh and Spain lead 5-4

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Saketh pedals back and produces a tame reply. Nadal pounces on it to hit it straight at Paes’ feet. BREAK. Back on serve in the fourth. India lead 4-3

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Myneni sends the low return near the service line long and Spain have their third chance to break

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Saketh does well to send back two returns at the net but misses the third on the backhand. Deuce

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Nadal sends the serve return into the net and India have game point

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Another break point saved! Saketh with a deep volley and then puts away the smash at the net. Both Nadal/Lopez chase after it but run into each other

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Paes misses his drop shot. Can’t get the distance to it and Spain have another break point

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Saketh saves with a kick serve and then put away at the net. Lopez is disappointed with his shot. Deuce

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Rafa slaps his forehead as he misses his trademark forehand. Game point for India but it goes begging as Myneni misses his half volley. Deuce. Break point for Spain now with a double

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Leander with a complete miss of a Lopez return of serve to make it 30-30

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Myneni starts with a double

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Nadal with a comfortable hold with a backhand at the feet which results into an error. India lead 4-2

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We reach the three hour mark in this match as Spain lead two sets to one but India up 4-1 in the fourth

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Paes has his serve tested. Save two break points to hold serve. India lead 4-1 in the fourth

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Saketh with a strong volley at the net into Nadal’s feet to save another break point. Deuce

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One is saved as the Paes volley creeps in. 30-40

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Saketh can’t control a Lopez forehand at the net and Spain have two break points. 15-40

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The lob by Lopez sails long and it is 15-30

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Paes’ volley hits the top of the tape and it is 0-30. Spain with a chance?

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Lopez holds and India lead 3-1 in the fourth set

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Marc with exceptional sportsman spirit to call it in an in-ball on the line when it was called out by the linesman. Applauded by the Indian pair

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Paes with a volley down the center and Lopez can’t send it back. Saketh consolidates the break. India lead 3-0

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Double fault by Rafa and that’s an early break for India. Lead 2-0 in the fourth

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Paes with a huge forehand winner down the line to bring up three break points

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Paes opens the fourth set with a hold. India up 1-0

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Rafa with a low forehand winner and Spain win the third set 6-4 to go two sets to one up

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Rafa’s heavy top spin filled forehand is sent wide by Saketh at the net. 2 set points for Spain

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Rafa with an incredible forehand winner down the line on a high ball. 30-15

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Rafa serves for Spain to win this third set.

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Paes with a lovely drop at the net with both Spaniards on the line. And eventually Saketh holds serve. Spain lead 5-4

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Now Nadal sends his serve return long and India have game point

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One set point saved as Lopez’s stretched forehand return goes long. Deuce

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Lopez goes after Saketh’s backhand at the net and it is deuce

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Paes with a steady hand to keep Nadal’s forehand down and send it between the two Spaniards for a winner. 40-30

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Nadal with a lovely low forehand past Saketh and it is 15-30

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Saketh serves to keep India in this third set

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Paes attempts to send a ball behind him back but unable to. Spain lead 5-3

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Paes with a gorgeous drop shot and he holds. Spain lead 4-3

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Saketh can’t keep his return of smash in and Rafa holds to make it 4-2 in the third

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Paes with a fantastic point. First a backspin drop shot and then a put away to bring up game point. Follows that up with a smash as Saketh holds. Spain lead 3-2

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Saketh can’t control a big return from the line and it is 30-30

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Paes sends his backhand return on the serve into the net and Lopez consolidates the break. Spain lead 3-1 in the third set

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Bit of confusion and Paes sends his backhand volley wide. BREAK. Spain lead 2-1 in the third

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Paes sends his volley long and Spain have two break points

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Comfortable hold for Rafa to make it 1-1 in the third set

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Saketh Myneni opens the third set with a hold at love. India lead 1-0

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Spain make it one set all

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In the tenth game, Saketh, who has been great on serve today, gets broken after a bizarre drop shot attempt to mess up a perfect set. India poor in the tiebreak and Spain have it level

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Nadal sends a booming forehand into Saketh and Spain win the second set 7-6 (2)

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Body serve into Saketh and he sends it long. 6-2 Spain

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Saketh with a smash and the return goes wide. Spain lead 5-2

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Saketh with a volley winner and India are up on the board in the tiebreak. 5-1 Spain

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Paes sends the serve return into the net and Spain are 5-0 up

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Paes stretches for the volley but can’t keep it down as Spain extend lead to make it 4-0

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Nadal sends the serve return into the shoelaces and Saketh is unable to send it back. 3-0 Spain

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Error by Saketh and Spain have the minibreak to go up 2-0

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Lopez back-pedals to send a lob and Saketh smashes it into the net. Spain 1-0

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Paes with a gorgeous half volley to hold serve and force a <strong>tiebreak</strong> in the second set

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Lopez with an inside-out forehand winner and Spain have a little chance. Deuce

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Now Leander will serve to keep India in this second set at 5-6

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Saketh’s backhand lob is just wide and Marc Lopez holds serve from 15-40 down. Spain lead 6-5

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Second one saved by a Nadal volley winner. Saketh sends uppish forehand straight to Rafa who calmly keeps his racket head steady to send it for a winner. Deuce

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First break point saved as Paes sends forehand cross court wide. 30-40

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Double fault by Marc Lopez and India have two break points

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Paes with a huge C’mon as he sends a flat forehand for a winner down the line. 15-30

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Saketh tries to be cheeky with his drop shot attempt and it hits the net. BREAK! Spain level it 5-5 in the second

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One break point saved with a big serve which is confirmed after a review

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Lopez with an uppish shot and Saketh can’t control the return. Two break points for Spain

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Rafa with a cross court winner past Saketh to make it 15-30

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Nadal with a body serve into Leander to hold serve. India lead 5-4. Saketh to serve for the second set

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Leander holds at love to give India a 5-3 lead in the second. Nadal to serve to keep Spain in this set

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Saketh sends his forehand into the net and Lopez holds after bit of pressure. India lead 4-3

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Fantastic point by all four players. Pushing each other before Marc with an incredible get to pickup a Paes drop shot. Eventually an error draws the point to a close

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Saketh once again with a great service game – helped by Paes at the net – to hold. 4-2 in the second

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Nadal holds serve but India are still up a break to lead 3-2 in the second set

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Paes showing why he has 18 Grand Slams to his name. Dropping his wrist exquisitely to control a Rafa whipping forehand to send it for a dropshot. Crowd applauds in admiration!

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One of the lineswoman has a nosebleed. A replacement comes in

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Paes holds without pressure this time to consolidate the break. India lead 3-1 in the second

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Saketh sends his backhand winner cross court to break Lopez’s serve. India lead 2-1 in the second

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First Leander with lovely play from the back of the court and now Saketh with a winner on the serve, picking it from his body, to bring it to Deuce

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Saketh starts with a love hold of his own to make it 1-1 in the second set

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Nadal opens the second set with a comfortable hold at love. Spain lead 1-0

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Down a break and 1-4, Saketh/Paes win five games in a row – breaking Spain twice – to win set. Lovely combination work. The Indian pair clicking very well with Paes’ volleys and Saketh’s big serves

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Leander with a volley winner at the net and India win the first set 6-4

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Bit of confusion between Paes and Myneni over a lob but Saketh gets it back and then Paes puts away a volley for another set point.

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And it is saved with a winner past Myneni. Deuce

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Big, big serve to bring up Set point. 40-30

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Low volley for Saketh and he can’t get it up and over. 30-30

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Saketh with a deep return and Nadal sends it straight to Paes who makes no mistake in putting away the volley. BREAK! India now lead 5-4

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Paes with very well played point. Going at Marc Lopez at the net to bring up another break point for India

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Saketh sends the return of serve long and it is deuce

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Double fault by Rafa gives India another break point. Crucial point

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Rafa sends his forehand into the net and India come out of another pressure situation to level matters in the first set at 4-4

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Paes’ serve again under pressure. The duo have already saved a break point. Second deuce now

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Lopez sends his forehand down the line attempt just wide and India break back! 4-3

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Lopez hits the top of the net and India have their first break point of the match. 30-40

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Paes with a perfectly volley at the net to have a brief look in on Marc Lopez’s serve. 30-30

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Comfortable hold for Saketh to reduce Spain’s lead. It is now 4-2 in the first set

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Nadal with a double smash after Paes returned the serve to hold serve. Spain lead 4-1

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Saketh sends his smash or attempted smash into the net. Looked like he misjudged it. Paes is broken and Spain lead 3-1

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Lovely combination work by Lopez and Rafa with the latter killing off an easy volley. Two BP’s.

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This promises to be a thrilling contest

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Error by Paes at the net, on his serve, to make it 15-30. Early chance for Spain?

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Quick and easy hold for Spain on Marc Lopez’s serve and Spain lead 2-1 in the first set

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Two good serves by Saketh – deep that goes unreturned and then an ace. Followed up with a smash put away by Paes to level matters at 1-1

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Excellent exchange at the net with Saketh playing off both hands to make it 15-0

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Comfortable hold by Rafa at love to give Spain a 1-0 lead

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Rafa Nadal to serve first. And play begins!

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Spain will serve first in this doubles encounter

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The Teams

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The teams are here. Olympic champions Rafa Nadal and Marc Lopez take on Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni. Spain lead 2-0