Nadal: Spain back where we should be

Spanish tennis star Rafa Nadal has hailed his countries return to the Davis Cup World Group as important after completing a 3-0 playoff victory over India in New Delhi on Saturday.

Nadal and Feliciano Lopez teamed up in the doubles rubber to defeat Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni in four sets to claim an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie.

In an interview afterwards, Nadal reiterated just how important it was for Spain to be back in the World Group after their stunning fall from grace two-years-ago when losing to lowly Brazil in a playoff in 2014.

"It was a very tough match for us. We knew what great doubles players the Indians are and they showed it to us here," said 14-time grand slam winner Nadal.

"I have been saying, again and again, it is really important for Spain to get back into the World Group with so many top 50 players. That's what we have managed to do."

Nadal added that he enjoyed playing in India in front of fans who had a lot of passion for tennis. 

"It’s always special playing in countries and in front of fans that you don’t get to play very often”, he said. "I played in Chennai a few years, and last year the IPTL. 

"To come back here for the Davis Cup is a happy feeling. The passion of the fans is great for our sport."

Australia, Belgium, Canada and Japan also booked their places in the World Group next year while Davis Cup champions England are trailing 2-1 in their semi-final and Croatia, who lead 2-1, are looking to win the other semi-final against France.