David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro won their singles matches today to give Spain a 2-0 lead over the USA in the Davis Cup semifinal.
Ferrer beat Sam Querrey 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-4 while Almagro battled past John Isner 6-4 4-6 6-4 3-6 7-5.
Isner several times needed his powerful serve to stay in contention and saved three match points earlier in the deciding set before capitulating.
It was Almagro's second win in two matches against Isner.
“It was very tough,” said Almagro. “I knew everything about John Isner well. I think he served really good. I didn’t feel very comfortable at the court when he was serving. But we are happy because it’s Friday and we’re 2-0 up.”
Ferrer proved too strong on clay against Querrey.
"It was a very tough match. He didn't make it easy for me," Ferrer said. "I managed to stay focused mentally and the important thing is the victory."
“In the fourth set he had a lot of times to have won and that’s it,” Ferrer said. “But I was very focused at the important moments.”
“I felt pretty good after winning the first set after being down a break early,” Querrey said. “But I knew it was a long way to the finish line.”
“It was a very tough day,” said Spanish Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja. “I thought the U.S. guys, I think they did great, but we fought very hard and we were a little bit more lucky than them. It’s nice to be 2-0 now, but it’s very difficult to get one more point that we need.”
Rafa Nadal, who is not playing because of injury, supported his team mates on Twitter.
Muchas felicidades David y Nico. Mañana a por la final!Congrats David and Nico! One step to the final! fb.me/UuCWlBhS— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 14, 2012
Bob and Mike Bryan will play Saturday's doubles against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.
“I like our team and I’m very happy with the team we have here,” Courier said. “We will miss Andy Roddick but things change and we have to change with them. And we’ll be ready for Sunday. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, we have to come and win that (doubles), but John and Sam will be ready for Sunday.”
The winners meet Argentina or Czech Republic.