GIJON, Spain — David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro won their clay-court matches to give Spain a commanding 2-0 lead over the United States in the Davis Cup semifinal.
Ferrer put the hosts ahead in the best-of-five series with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Sam Querrey. Almagro beat John Isner 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to leave the defending champions one point from their fourth final in five years.
Almagro overcame 25 aces from Isner, who saved three match points before hitting a forehand long.
Almagro and Ferrer are a combined 23-1 on clay.
The U.S. must to win Saturday's doubles match to stay in the series, with brothers Mike and Bob Bryan facing Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Reverse singles are Sunday.