8/31/12 12:03 AM | Johan Lindahl
American John Isner hopes to test himself against the best on clay when the US plays Spain next month in a David Cup semi-final.
But the continuing uncertainty over the knee fitness of Rafael Nadal may mean that the king of the surface will not be on court for the tie the week after the end of the US Open.
"Everyone wants him to be healthy. Honestly, if it was up to me, I would want him to play," said Isner., who reached the second round at Flushing Meadows and will next face Finn Jarkko Nieminen. "I would want Spain to send out their absolute best team."
Isner was stating the obvious when he added: "Obviously Rafa on clay, he would make that team pretty tough. But if he doesn't get to play, the tie is still going to be so tough.
"It's Spain, they're the best tennis country in the world. I would imagine they would throw Ferrer and Almagro at us, if I had to guess, two guys that know what they're doing on clay."
The American can only worry about his own side of the net but is expecting a challenge no matter who the hosts throw up. "I don't feel like it gets that much easier, even if Rafa doesn't play. If he does happen to play this tie, I know our team is going to go in there believing we can win. We've had two already tough wins on the road so far.
"We really do believe that we can beat Spain and that we can win the Davis Cup. In order to do that, we have to play well."
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