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America’s lanky tennis hope, John Isner will be in action on Friday against Nicolas Almagro of Spain in a semi-final rubber at Davis Cup. Both contenders have been enjoying a decent form of late and we can expect some stunning tennis action on Friday.
Spain has been carrying the longest home winning streak in Davis Cup World Group history against American team. And, the Spanish team further holds massive advantage on clay. The Spanish team has not lost at home since a first-round defeat to Brazil in 1999. They are enjoying a tremendous run of twenty three consecutive victories, and are aiming to become the sixth team to defend the title after winning over Argentina last year. Spanish team earned back-to-back Davis Cup titles in 2008 and 2009. On the other hand, team USA is bidding to make it to its first final since winning the trophy in 2007.
When asked about these semi-final encounters, “For us this is probably the biggest test in Davis Cup tennis, perhaps for any country to come to Spain and beat them on clay,” said USA captain Jim Courier. “But we like our chances. We don’t feel like we’re the favorites, but we feel like we have a chance and that’s the attitude we’ll take to the court.”
Currently ranked as World No. 10, Isner has a good 43-16 win-loss record for the season and he has won two titles this year. On the other hand, Almagro also has a good 52-17 win-loss record for the season and he has also won two titles this season – that too on clay.
In head-to-head, Almagro leads with 1-0 against the American. Last time they met in 2011 Wimbledon, where Almagro rallied past the American in four sets.
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