American John Isner, currently competing at the US Open, would prefer to line up against a Spanish side that contains Rafael Nadal even though this would make it a lot more difficult to win in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal which will take place from 14 to 16 September.
“Everyone wants him to be healthy,” the American said. “Honestly, if it was up to me, I would want him to play. I would want Spain to send out their absolute best team. “
Isner, who stands 6 feet 9 inches tall, is confident in the USA’s chances of progressing to the final despite having to face the reigning champions at home.
“I know our team is going to go in there believing we can win. We've had two already tough wins on the road so far.” The man from North Carolina said. “We really do believe that we can beat Spain and that we can win the Davis Cup. In order to do that, we have to play well.”
The American, No. 10 in the world, recognises the complications that arise when playing Spain on clay, the surface on which the Spanish are strongest. Even though this year the United States have already managed to win their first two ties on that surface against Roger Federer’s Switzerland and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s France.
Isner does not believe that avoiding Nadal would make the tie any easier because Spanish captain Alex Corretja has a huge number of players at his disposal to make a competitive team.
“Obviously Rafa on clay, he would make that team pretty tough. But if he doesn't get to play, the match is still going to be so tough. It's Spain. They're the best tennis country in the world.” The American confirmed. “I would imagine they would throw Ferrer and Almagro at us, if I had to guess, two guys that know what they're doing on clay.”
The United States are the most successful side in Davis Cup history having won the competition 32 times. Their last victory came in 2007 when they defeated Russia in the final