DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP SEMI-FINALS 2012
Ferrer Sends Spain Into Davis Cup Final
by ATP Staff|
SPAIN 3, UNITED STATES 1
Parque Hermanos Castro, Gijon, Spain (clay – outdoor)
Five-time winner Spain will contest the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final against the Czech Republic in November after the defending champion defeated 32-time titlist United States in Gijon.
World No. 5 David Ferrer improved to 21-4 in singles rubbers for Spain after he defeated American John Isner, the World No. 12, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in three hours in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday. Ferrer converted six of his 15 break point opportunities, while Isner hit 16 aces and 51 winners.
“I’m very happy and this is a dream for me,” said Ferrer. “Another Davis Cup final. We were here in Gijon at home, I won the last match and I won over John Isner who is a very, very good player.”
Isner admitted, “It is disappointing; the Spanish team in my opinion is just too good. They won the important points and it is a bit discouraging for me. I wanted to contribute in the ways that I did in the first two ties and I wasn’t able to do it. That is a credit to [Nicolas] Almagro and Ferrer, they were both better than me.”
Spain has won five Davis Cup titles in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011. The nation beat Argentina 3-1 at Seville in last year’s final.
Spain’s Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja praised Ferrer, saying, “He’s a guy who never gives up, he’s a gladiator and he knows the way he needs to play on clay, the way he needs to move and hit the ball. On clay, it’s very difficult to beat him. Of course, on hard courts, indoors too, but here especially because he’s very strong.”
The United States clinched the Davis Cup trophy in 2007. This weekend it was bidding to overcome a 0-2 deficit to win a tie for only the second time. The last time the nation did so was against Australia in 1934.
“I think it was a great battle between two of the best teams in the world,” said United States captain Jim Courier. “Spain is the high watermark in Davis Cup in the last 15 years and we knew it was going to be a very tricky tie for us and we were close. All of us who live in tennis know that there are always a few points that make big differences and the Spaniards found a way to win some key points in the three matches that they won.”
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