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Rafael Nadal leads Spanish comeback

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) to help Spain come from behind to overcome Russia in the Davis Cup yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Earlier, Andrey Rublev had beaten Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/0), leaving Nadal with a must-win match.

Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers then beat Khachanov and Rublev 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to clinch a 2-1 win for Spain in Group B.

In Group A, Novak Djokovic helped Serbia defeat Japan 2-0 by cruising past Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-2.

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