World No. 5 David Ferrer sent Spain back into the Davis Cup final for a chance to win a fourth time in five years by defeating John Isner Â 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday in Gijon to clinch the tie 3-1 against the United States.
Spain will play the Czech Republic on the road in the Davis Cup final in November. The Czechs defeated Argentina 3-1 in Argentina.
“I am very happy, this is a dream for me,â€œ said Ferrer. Â â€œAnother Davis Cup final, I won the last match and I’m really happy. Â Isner is a good top 10 player.”
Isnerâ€™s 70 errors helped to keep Ferrer perfect on clay in Davis Cup play at 16-0.
With or without Rafael Nadal, Spain fields a strong team.
â€œIt was disappointing. The Spanish team was just too good,â€ said Isner.â€œThey won the important points, and itâ€™s a bit discouraging for me because I wanted to contribute like I did in the first two ties, and thatâ€™s a credit to (Nicolas) Almagro and Ferrer, who got two of their points from me.â€
â€œI think it was a great battle between two of the best teams in the world. 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,â€ said US Davis cup Captain Jim Courier. â€œAll 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.â€
â€œThere is a lot for this team to be proud of and what we have achieved this yearâ€”the way we have approached it, attacked it and the draw, the obstacles we have had. We are proud of our effort and we salute the Spanish team for their efforts and their victory. Two great teams went out there and competed and it was very close. The team that played better when they needed to won the matches.
â€œIt has been a very positive year for us on the U.S. Davis Cup Team. We have been given the most difficult draw that you can have in this era to play the teams we have on the road. We had some great wins and we had some competitive losses.â€
Following the Ferrer â€“ Isner match, US Davis Cup Captain Courier and Spanish Davis Cup Captain Alex Corretja decided not to play the final rubber, which was scheduled to be Sam Querrey against Nicolas Almagro.