Spaniard David Ferrer defeated American John Isner in four sets Sunday in Gijon, Spain, to advance defending champion Spain into the 2012 Davis Cup final. A win by Isner would have kept the Americans hopes of reaching the final alive. The Ferrer victory sends Spain to the final for the fourth time in the last five years.
Ferrer improved to 16-0 on clay in Davis Cup competition with his 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over the 6'9" American. Isner was coming off a grueling five-set match on Friday with Nicolas Almagro. Isner's 16-5 advantage in aces was easily outdone by his 70 unforced errors in the match, to just 32 for Ferrer.
Spain will face either Argentina or the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final. The Czech Republic leads Argentina 2-1 in their semifinal, with two decisive singles matches to take place later Sunday.