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Isner, Querrey Need Wins to Avoid U.S. Davis Cup Loss to Spain

Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey must win their singles matches today during Davis Cup semifinal play versus host Spain, which leads the U.S. 2-1 heading into the final day.

The Czech Republic holds a 2-1 lead over Argentina in the other semifinal, in Buenos Aires.

U.S. twins Bob and Mike Bryan beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 yesterday on clay in Gijon, Spain, to keep alive the U.S.’s chances of reaching the Davis Cup final, which is scheduled for Nov. 16-18.

Isner, ranked No. 10 on the ATP World Tour, plays fifth-ranked David Ferrer, and No. 26 Querrey takes on 12th-ranked Nicolas Almagro. Ferrer beat Querrey in four sets and Almagro topped Isner in five to give Spain a 2-0 lead two days ago.

“I am sure Spain is ready to put us away, but we have two guys ready to fire tomorrow,” U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier said in comments e-mailed by the U.S. Tennis Association. “We’ll take our chances and see what happens. Until it is over, I think Yogi Berra said it best. ‘It ain’t over.’” Berra was a Hall of Fame New York Yankees baseball player.

The Bryans’ win improved their record playing doubles together in the competition to 20-2.

“They’re pretty good in the clutch, and they get us to Sunday when we’re in this position all the time,” Courier said on the Davis Cup website. “We’ve got a chance.”

Spain, playing without injured world No. 3 Rafael Nadal, is seeking its second consecutive championship, and fourth in five years at the premier men’s tennis team event.

On clay in Buenos Aires, Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Carlos Berlocq and Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to give the Czech Republic the lead.

In today’s singles, Berdych plays Juan Martin Del Potro and Stepanek faces Juan Monaco.

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