9/14/12 3:36 PM | Cheryl Murray
David Ferrer battled through patchy play to overcome Sam Querrey, giving Team Spain the early lead in the Davis Cup semifinals.
Spanish Davis Cup hero David Ferrer posted another win for his country, but it was not as easy as the 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 scoreline suggests.
Ferrer started off the rubber with an early break in the first set, but he completely lost his rhythm and not only gave the break of serve back, he also dropped a second service game while he was serving at 4-5 to hand a one-set lead to the Americans.
From that point on, though, the match was on Ferrer's racket. He took the second and third sets fairly convincingly, but he struggled in the fourth set. Querrey earned himself a 0-40 lead at 1-2 on the Spaniard's serve, but he squandered the lead and a fourth break point to see Ferrer draw level at 2-2.
The Spaniard was still slightly shaky, but at 4-4 he did what Querrey had been unable to do -- seize his chance. He broke the Querrey serve for 5-4 and except for an unfortunate double-fault, he served the match out without much difficulty.
Spain takes a 1-0 lead, while the Americans hope that John Isner can pull off another upset win on the road on European clay.
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