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Nadal-López win as Spain beat India in the Davis Cup

Spain will play in the World Group in 2017 after beating India 3-0. Nadal and Marc López beat Paes and Myneni 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 and 6-2 to seal the win.

Nadal-López win as Spain beat India in the Davis Cup
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Spain beat India in New Delhi

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez clinched the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie for Spain with a hard-fought doubles win over India in New Delhi on Saturday.

Spain take 3-0 lead

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.

World number four Nadal shrugged off early rustiness as the Spanish pair served past the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in three hours and 23 minutes.

Nadal celebrates the win

Nadal missed opening match

Nadal missed the opening singles match on Friday following a reported stomach ache as Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer put Spain in firm control of the tie with their respective wins.

But the 14-time Grand Slam winner made his presence felt in the doubles encounter at Delhi's RK Khanna Tennis Stadium.

Nadal's early struggle with his game saw the visitors lose the first set after being broken twice by an inspired home pair who had the raucous crowd behind them.

The Spanish duo were also run in close in the second set but a crucial break in the 10th game proved to be a turning point for the visitors.

Tie-break turning point

The tie-break win was enough to get the best out of Nadal, who showed flashes of his brilliance to entertain the capacity crowd.

 India's Paes and Myneni fought valiantly against their opponents, never allowing the Spanish pair to breathe easy in the marathon battle.

The 43-year-old Paes with his neat serve and volley showed why he is known to be a dangerous doubles player.

But the left-handed Nadal, who was guilty of committing a lot of unforced errors in the first two sets, attacked the net with great success as Spain dominated the final two.

Lopez complimented Nadal

Marc Lopez, who is placed 15th in the doubles ranking, complimented Nadal's attacking style with his good baseline play.

Spain, who bowed out of the World Group after a first-round loss against Germany in 2014, now head into the elite round of matches.