U.S. falls to Spain in Davis Cup final

David Ferrer beat John Isner 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to send defending champion Spain back to the Davis Cup final with a 3-1 semifinal victory over the United States Sunday at Gijon, Spain.

Helped by Isner's 70 unforced errors, the fifth-ranked Ferrer rallied to stay unbeaten on clay in the competition with his 16th straight win.

Isner was left slamming his racket in frustration.

Even without Rafael Nadal, Spain, which will try to win its fourth title in five years, stretched its record home winning streak to 24 straight. It hasn't lost on clay since 1999.

Spain will play at the Czech Republic or Argentina in November's final.

- Associated Press

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