Ferrer gives Spain 1-0 lead against U.S.|
Gijon, Spain (Sports Network) - David Ferrer overcame Sam Querrey in four
sets on Friday to give reigning champion and host Spain a 1-0 lead over the
United States in a best-of-five Davis Cup semifinal in Gijon.
The world No. 5 U.S. Open semifinalist Ferrer dropped the opening set in the
opening singles rubber before fighting back for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory
on the red clay at Parque Hermanos Castro. The 6-foot-6 Querrey was unable to
capitalize on his opportunities on Day 1, as he went just 2-for-14 on break-
point chances, including a dismal 0-for-9 in the fourth set.
Querrey is now just 1-5 in his Davis Cup singles outings.
The second opening singles rubber currently pits 6-foot-9 American John Isner
against world No. 12 Nicolas Almagro, who is filling in for Spanish great
Rafael Nadal, the former No. 1 who is sidelined with a knee injury.
Isner is 5-3 in his career Davis Cup singles and has a couple of big wins
for the U.S. already this year, as he stunned Roger Federer on clay in
Switzerland in a first-round tie in February and topped Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on
clay at the Monte Carlo Country Club in a quarterfinal showdown with France in
Saturday's doubles bout will pit American greats Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan
against a Spanish duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, while Sunday's
reverse singles currently pit the world No. 10 Isner against Ferrer and the
No. 26 Querrey versus Almagro.
Ferrer is a dominant 20-4 in Davis Cup singles, including 15-0 on clay,
while Almagro is 7-2 overall, including 7-1 on the dirt.
The U.S. is captained by former No. 1 player Jim Courier, while Spain
is captained by former world No. 2 star Alex Corretja.
Team USA and Spain have split 10 Davis Cup meetings, with the Spaniards
winning the last two matchups, including a quarterfinal victory in Austin,
Texas last year. Spain also beat team USA in the 2004 Davis Cup finale.
The United States boasts a record 32 Davis Cup titles, with its last one
coming in 2007. The Americans won the inaugural prestigious team competition
way back in 1900.
Spain beat Argentina in last year's World Group final in Seville, as the
powerful Spaniards have won three-of-four and five of the last 12 Davis Cup
titles. They have not lost at home, on clay, since 1999.
The winner between the U.S. and Spain will face the Argentina-Czech Republic
victor in the 2012 final in November.
09/14 13:01:54 ET