Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot, with compatriot Marc Lopez by his side during the Davis Cup world group play-off against India's Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
Tsering Topgyal
September 17, 2016

NEW DELHI (AP) 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.

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