David Ferrer is getting the superstar treatment in his native Spain…
The 30-year-old Spanish tenista beat John Isner on Sunday to put Spain up 3-1 and clinch the victory against the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals.
Ferrer’s 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Isner helped Spain advance to the Davis Cup final for the ninth time.
Spain will now face off against the Czech Republic, which defeated Argentina in Buenos Aires.
Ferrer, Spain’s No. 1 player in the Davis Cup, needed two hours and 59 minutes to put away Isner, the U.S.’s No. 1 player.
“I’m very happy to make a Davis Cup final once again because I’ve always said that this competition is where I’ve had the most emotions and, especially, to be able to share this with this group, with these buddies that I get along so well with,” said Ferrer. “Making another final makes me proud.”
Spain will next face the Czech Republic November 16-18 in the Davis Cup tie.
Spain has 24 consecutive home wins and is closing in on the record of 28 set by Italy between 1949 and 1964.
“It takes a lot to get to the final, and since nobody has given us anything, we value it a lot,” Spanish Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja said.
Spain has won the Davis Cup five times, with the country’s most recent victory coming against Argentina last year in Seville.
Spain won tennis’ premier international team competition in 2000 and 2009 in Barcelona against Australia and the Czech Republic, respectively, in 2008 in Mar del Plata against Argentina and in Seville in 2004 against the United States.
“It’s a matter of doing things well to compete in finals. I’m very thankful for the effort of those who were able to come and of those who couldn’t,” Corretja said. “It’s very hard to make it at this level and the four who are here deserve it.”
After Ferrer’s win over Isner, Spain and the United States decided not to play the fifth match scheduled since the semis were decided.