Spain ought to be within one win of a sixth Davis Cup title in this century after the semifinals this weekend.
A United States team led by John Isner will have to overcome considerable history to prevent Spain from traveling to Argentina or the Czech Republic in November to defend the cup in the final.
The U.S. has won in Spain only once and that was 40 years ago, while Spain's comfortable wins this year over Kazakhstan and Austria extended its 12-year unbeaten streak at home to 23 ties, all on clay.
To clay it returns in Gijon, the port city on the Atlantic north coast. With Rafael Nadal still rehabbing the injured left knee which kept him out of the Olympics and U.S. Open, Spain is unchanged and led by David Ferrer, who is undefeated in Davis Cup at home and on clay. Nicolas Almagro is 4-0 in singles cup play this year, and Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez will be the likely doubles team.
Ferrer starred in the two most recent ties against the U.S., the semifinal win in 200...
Tennis Channel will provide exclusive coverage of the United States semifinal competition against defending champion Spain in Gijon, Spain, this weekend, with live telecasts of each match and same-day, “Instant Encore” replays. Highlighting the competition, American John Isner will face US Open semifinalist and World No. 5 David Ferrer for the first time since the BNP Paribas...
Draw for the Davis Cup semifinal between Spain and the United States on outdoor clay at Parque Hermanos Castro:
Friday Singles David Ferrer, Spain, vs. Sam Querrey, United States
Nicolas Almagro, Spain, vs. John Isner, United States
Saturday Doubles Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, Spain, vs. Bob and Mike Bryan, United States
Sunday Reverse Singles David Ferrer, Spain, vs. John...