Davis Cup: Rafael Nadal comes to the party as Spain beat India

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The Davis Cup teams of India and Spain Davis Cup in New Delhi. PTI

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India's Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni lost 6-4 6-7(2) 4-6 4-6 but not without a brave fight that tested the Rio Olympic gold medallists Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez, for three hours and 23 minutes.

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The Indian team was up by a set and a break but the Spaniards worked their way back aided by some game-changing errors by Myneni. PTI

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Playing his 54th tie, Leander Paes was eyeing a record of most number of doubles wins in the Cup history. He remains tied with Italian giant Nicola Pietrangeli on 42 wins. PTI

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Nadal and Lopez, who won the doubles gold at the recent Rio Olympics, helped Spain take an unassailable 3-0 lead to enter the elite group after a two-year gap. PTI

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Rafael Nadal came to the party just when it mattered most as he partnered Marc Lopez scripting a decisive win and giving Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead. PTI

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Nadal missed the opening singles match on Friday following a reported stomach ache, but the world number four shrugged off early rustiness to lead the attack from the baseline. PTI

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The home crowd seemed to have mixed sentiments about watching Nadal, one of the most popular tennis stars, play against India, as the contrasting banners suggest. PTI