Gijon, Spain: David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro maintained their near-perfect clay court records in the Davis Cup to give Spain a commanding 2-0 lead over the United States in their semi-final.
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 before Almagro beat John Isner 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to leave the defending champions one point away from their fourth final in five years.
Almagro overcame 25 aces from Isner, who saved three match points before hitting a forehand long for Almagro to win. Almagro and Ferrer are a combined 23-1 on clay.
The US have to win Saturday's doubles to stay alive, with American brothers Mike and Bob Bryan facing Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.