Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/19/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: John Isner of the United States of America plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
The United States reached the end of the road in its Davis Cup run. The Americans couldn't overcome Spain's superiority on clay, falling to the defending champions when David Ferrer beat John Isner 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Sunday to secure an insurmountable 3-1 lead in their semifinal. The U.S is quite happy to ditch its road warrior tag after its Davis Cup away run came to an end in Spain without a spot in the final. The Americans' strong 2012 run included victories over both Roger Federer-led Switzerland and France away, on clay. But even those impressive victories couldn't propel it past the world's top clay-court nation as Ferrer stayed unbeaten on the surface for his 16th victory. Three straight road series took a toll on a U.S. team missing the retired Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish because of health issues. But captain Jim Courier expects his young team to remain positive to reap awards in 2013. He was also hoping Wednesday's draw would be a little more helpful, too. "There...
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