GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Sam Querrey of the United States wipes himself with a towel during day one of the semi final Davis Cup between Spain and the United States at the Parque Hermanos Castro on September 14, 2012 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Davis Cup 2012: Spain Eliminates USA On Sunday

Spain advanced to the 2012 Davis Cup finals on Sunday following David Ferrer's victory over John Isner. The United States lost the seminfinal, 3-1.

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Spain faces the Czechs in the Davis Cup Finals

The top-seeded Spaniards, without Rafael Nadal, need to knock off the host Czechs to claim their second consecutive Cup title


Davis Cup 2012 Semifinals, Czech Republic Vs. Argentina: Berdych Defeats Berlocq

Despite being faced with having to play Argentina on their home clay in Buenos Aires, the Czech Republic — behind a strong showing from Tomas Berdych — advanced to the finals of the Davis Cup with Berdych's straight-set victory over Carlos Berlocq, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

The Czech will take on Spain in the Davis Cup finals, after the Spanish defeated the United States in the other semifinal, 3-1 behind David Ferrer. The Czech clinched the victory over Argentina, up 3-1 with one match remaining.

In his first singles action, Berdych outlasted Argentina's Juan Monaco in five grueling sets, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. The match, which took just more than four hours, saw Berdych break Monaco 11 times, fighting off Monaco's 10 own break points converted.

In the decisive match against Berlocq, Berdych was far more efficient, dispatching of the Argentinean in 2 hours, 45 minutes, while hitting 34 winners against just six unforced errors.

in the doubles match, Berdych and Radek Stepanek topped Berlocq and Eduardo Schwank, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

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2012 Davis Cup Semifinals: Defending Champion Spain Takes Early 2-0 Lead Over United States

Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner lost their opening matches on the clay court Friday, to give Spain a 2-0 lead in the Davis Cup semifinals.

Querrey was able to steal one early against David Ferrer, but ultimately the Spaniard won the best-of-five series, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. Isner put up a tougher fight against his opponent yet still suffered the same fate, falling to Nicolas Almagro, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

With the victories, Spain sits just one point away from their fourth final in the past five years. Brothers Mike and Bob Bryan must be victorious in their Saturday doubles match against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez if the U.S. is to stay alive.

Spain is 37-0 after winning both opening singles matches in World Group play. Additionally, the United States has only bounced back from down 0-2 to steal a series once in the team's history (1934 against the Australians).

The winner of this semifinal round will move on to face either Argentina or the Czech Republic later in November.

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2012 Davis Cup, USA Vs. Spain Scores: Almagro Defeats Isner In 5 Sets

Nicolas Almagro of Spain defeated John Isner of the United States in five sets during the second match of the men's Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday. Combined with David Ferrer's first match victory over Sam Querrey, Spain are now leading the five match semifinal 2-0. There are three other matches scheduled to be played over the weekend, and Spain will only need to win a single match in order to advance to the final.

Isner had 24 aces to Almagro's seven in the match, but his 95 unforced errors proved to be too much to overcome during the five set affair. Almagro ended up winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in a match that took four hours and 16 minutes to complete.

The third match of the Davis Cup semifinals will feature Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain facing Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. ET on Saturday. The rest of the remaining schedule can be found on the official website of the Davis Cup.

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2012 Davis Cup Semifinals

Beginning on Friday, the U.S. and Spain face off in Gijon in the Davis Cup Semifinals. And while John Isner has not had a great year in tournaments, he has been incredible in Davis Cup play. He will have to be even better for the U.S. to have a chance.

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