Ferrer leads Spain into Davis Cup semifinals


Salon Staff
April 8, 2012 6:00PM (UTC)

CASTELLON, Spain (AP) — David Ferrer secured defending champion Spain a place in the Davis Cup semifinals by beating Austria's Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in Sunday's reverse singles for an insurmountable 3-1 lead.

Despite his unsteady serve and gusting winds, the fifth-ranked Ferrer had little trouble remaining perfect in 14 matches on home clay en route to recording Spain's first win over Austria in 33 years.

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Ferrer broke Melzer in the last game of an even first set and didn't let up to claim Spain's 23rd straight home win, moving it into second place all-time for consecutive wins behind Italy's record of 28.

The five-time champions will face the United States in the semifinals.


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