France will host the winners of the tie between Spain and Germany, from 14-16 September, for a place in the Davis Cup final. "It's always special to play in these arenas", said Nadal on his return.
Fognini, who spent over 11 hours on court in the victory over Japan in the first round, was furious after Chardy had brushed his shoulder against him during a changeover early in the third set.
"I am very proud of the team, and I am really relieved because the last match was so close", France Captain, Yannick Noah, told the competition's official website.
"Here I am very excited to try to help the team to be in the semi-finals", he added looking forward to the upcoming Davis Cup quarter-finals between Spain and Germany.
Spain's Davis Cup home ties are going to be played on the clay court and those can be a fine practice for Nadal ahead of the ATP Clay season, which will begin just after the Davis Cup matches.
Ferrer and Kohlschreiber's match was locked at one set each at the Plaza de Toros in Valencia on Sunday. Kohlschreiber twice fought back from a set down, but former French Open runner-up Ferrer broke in the 11th game of the decider and held his nerve on serve after nearly five hours on court.
The U.S. duo overcame some nervous moments but were able to win key points in the two tiebreakers to secure a victory to ensure the record 32-times winners advanced to the last four.
"It's a great feeling to be back".
In Genoa, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert put defending champions France 2-1 up against Italy with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.
Fourth seeds Croatia wrapped up a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan on Sunday as world number three Marin Cilic thrashed Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1 6-1 in Varazdin. "From the beginning till the end I played on a rather high level. constant pressure, superior, aggressive", former US Open champion Cilic said.
April 7, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; John Isner (USA) and Sam Querrey (USA) and Jack Sock (USA) and Ryan Harrison (USA) and Steve Johnson (USA) celebrate winning the Davis Cup tie against Belgium at Belmont University.