9/14/12 12:44 PM | Cheryl Murray
David Ferrer will front up for Spain, while Sam Querrey takes the court for the Americans as the two teams fight for a spot in November's final.
Spain has been something of a Davis Cup juggernaut since 2008. The Spanish side has won three of the last four editions, with Serbia taking the honors back in 2010.
Team USA is also a fairly recent winner, as the 2007 champ, though that squad contained Davis Cup strongman Andy Roddick, who has since retired from tennis.
David Ferrer, who comes into this weekend's tie off a fantastic semifinal showing at the US Open, will anchor the Spanish team. Ferrer is not as prolific on clay as his countryman Rafael Nadal, who is still convalescing a knee injury, but the Spaniard is still a beast on clay. Ferrer won a pair of titles on South American dirt the year and put in a semifinal appearance at Roland Garros.
Querrey's pedigree on clay is far less impressive. The American played exactly three clay-court events in 2012, during which he won a single main-draw match.
The Americans will need to hope for a miracle on this one. Ferrer is far more comfortable on clay, he'll be playing for the home crowd, and he is one of the most consistent players on tour. Spain for the 1-0 lead.
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