There was no need for a fifth game in Spain’s Davis Cup semi-final clash with the USA in Gijon today as world no. 5 David Ferrer saw off John Isner in four sets to give the Spanish an unassailable 3-1 lead.
David Ferrer had already beaten Sam Querrey in four sets coming into this match-up with the world no. 10. Ferrer had to come from a set down to triumph 3-1 in that match, a feat he would repeat today against Isner.
John Isner lost his opening match of this semi-final clash to Nicolas Almagro, eventually going down 6-4 4-6 6-4 3-6 7-5. The marathon five-setter gave Spain a 2-0 lead over the USA and it was only a doubles victory by the Bryan twins over Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez that kept the United States in the tie.
Isner came into today’s match knowing that he had it all to do to prevent Spain from reaching their fourth final in five years. The 6’9” American started aggressively but looked to be in trouble early, losing his usually reliable serve in only the third game.
A heroic effort later in the set saw Isner break back, forcing a tie break and then clinching it in some style. What followed, though, was critical; Ferrer turned on the class and Isner suddenly found himself 3-0 down in the second set.
Despite breaking Ferrer’s serve at 5-1, Isner was unable to stem the tide and looked increasingly exhausted as Spain’s MVP – deputising for the injured Rafael Nadal – took the remaining three sets with comparative ease, eventually triumphing 6-7 6-3 6-4 6-2.
Spain will now meet the Czech Republic in November’s final.