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11 June 2012

Gijon to host Davis Cup semifinal


Photo: Paul ZimmerSpanish Fans at Marina d'Or

The ITF Board of Directors has approved the Parque Hermanos Castro in Gijon as the venue for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal tie between Spain and USA on 14-16 September.

This is the first time Davis Cup will be staged at the Parque Hermanos Castro, which is expected to have a capacity of over 13,000 seats. The tie is being played on an outdoor clay court.

Spain, who are bidding to lift the trophy for the fourth time in five years, reached the semifinals with a pair of home wins against Kazakhstan 5-0 and Austria 4-1. Their last defeat on home soil - also their last loss on clay - was way back in 1999 when Brazil triumphed in Lerida.

USA, on the other hand, are through to this stage of the competition after back-to-back away wins against Switzerland 5-0 and France 3-2. The big serving John Isner was the hero on both occasions, beating Roger Federer and Marco Chiudinelli in the first round and then Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.

Spain and USA are old foes when it comes to Davis Cup having faced each other on ten previous occasions. The head-to-head score is currently locked at 5-5, but Spain have the upper-hand in recent times after winning their last two meetings, including an away victory in the quarterfinals in 2011.

Ticket details for the tie in Gijon will be announced in due course.

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