Spain has history on its side in its Davis Cup semifinal against the United States.
The United States 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. Spain is the defending champion and also won in 2008 and 2009.
Spain will face the United State this weekend on clay in Gijon, the port city on the Atlantic north coast. In the other semifinal, the Czech Republic will play Argentina in Buenos Aires, also on clay.
With Rafael Nadal still rehabbing the injured left knee that kept him out of the Olympics and U.S. Open, Spain will be led again 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., a semifinal win in 2008 and quarterfinal win in Aus...