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Defending champion Spain welcomes the Americans after having won the last two series between them. Spain hasn’t lost on clay, or at home, in 13 years. The Americans will play without Andy Roddick, who retired after the U.S. Open.
“Spain is the favorite. They could make three or four Davis Cup teams with how many players they have. (But) we’ll take our chances,” U.S. captain Jim Courier said Thursday. “The preparation is the same for us, no different. It’s all about execution.”
John Isner stepped in to fill the void of Roddick’s departure, with wins over Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon as he swept all four of his singles matchups in 2012.
“Our team has played in some tough environments before and we expect a tough environment tomorrow,” said Isner, who earned his four wins against Switzerland and France. “It’s going to be a big challenge, but it’s not going to be anything I’m not used to.”
They’ll play reverse singles on Sunday if neither team sweeps the best-of-five series. The winner will play the Czech Republic or Argentina in the final in November.
The fifth-ranked Ferrer, coming off a U.S. Open semifinal appearance, has had less time to recover but insists he’ll be ready.
Ferrer will meet Querrey on clay for the first time after splitting their two previous matches on hard court. Querrey is playingDavis Cup for the first time in more than two years, with Mardy Fish and Ryan Harrison playing in previous series.
Spain has won three of the past four Davis Cups to become the dominant force in the competition, with victory over the U.S. in the 2004 and 2000 finals. The Americans have won the trophy a record 32 times.
Mike and Bob Bryan are overwhelming favorites to take Saturday’s doubles after winning the U.S. Open title last week, their Open-era record 12th Grand Slam crown. The American twins have a 10-0 record on clay.
They’ll play Spanish duo Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who are 1-1 in their first season together. The pair made it through to the U.S. Open semifinals before Lopez retired in the first set because of a left calf injury.
“This could be our toughest away tie match,” Mike Bryan said. “We’ll treat it just like the U.S. Open final a week ago.”
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