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DONETSK, Ukraine—France coach Laurent Blanc says a dressing-room bust-up
after the Sweden game has affected preparations for Saturdays European
Championship quarterfinal against Spain. Mason Crosby Jersey . The manner of Frances
poor performance in the 2-0 loss to Sweden on Tuesday led to some heated
exchanges between players, and a meeting took place the following day involving
the whole squad to smooth things over. Blanc says “yes, it took some time for
this to subside” but that “there are priorities you have to deal with, and they
are more important than even the technical preparation of the match.” Still
unhappy about that defeat, Blanc says there will “most probably” be changes
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semifinal between reigning champion Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer was
suspended because of weather in the New York area.GIJON, Spain—David Ferrer
proved that Spains Davis Cup dominance wasnt just down to Rafael Nadal when he
clinched its place in the final with victory over the United States. Ferrer beat
John Isner 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Sunday to give the five-time champions an
insurmountable 3-1 lead and a shot at a fourth title in five seasons. Spain will
face the Czech Republic in the final, after the Czechs beat Argentina away.
Helped by Isners wayward shot-making, Ferrer rallied from a set down to stay
unbeaten on clay in the competition with his 16th straight win. Ferrer and Nadal
had both said they would scale back Davis Cup availability after helping win
last years final against Argentina. While Nadal has since been limited by
injury, Ferrer decided to return. “This is the competition in which I have felt
the most emotions in. Im a team player,” said Ferrer, who has played a part in
each of Spains last three titles. “I dont know how much longer my career will
last so I want to do my best possible in the Davis Cup. (Spain captain) Alex
Corretja motivated me to play this season.” Corretja marked his first season in
charge in place of Albert Costa by extending Spains dominance with a sixth title
since 2000 from its ninth appearance. “Its been a wonderful year and now we want
to go for more, of course,” Corretja said. “(Ferrers) a guy who never gives up,
hes a gladiator and he knows the way he needs to play on clay, the way he needs
to move and hit the ball.” Spain stretched its record home winning streak to 24
straight ties, and it hasnt lost on clay for 26 series. Its last clay loss was
in 1999. And, just like in 2008, it did it without Nadal. “Spain is the high
water mark in the Davis Cup in the last 15 years, we always knew it was going to
be close,” U.S. captain Jim Courier said. “They have great individual players,
great depth and great passion for Davis Cup. Its not rocket science, you have
great ingredients and you hhave to blend them together and they do a great job.
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fifth-ranked Spaniard converted six break points and his American opponent was
left slamming his racket in frustration towards the end as 70 unforced errors
undid a positive start. Isner hit more than twice as many unforced errors as
Ferrer at the nearly full 15,000-seat venue on the Asturian coast to look
nothing like the player who beat Roger Federer in Switzerland in the competition
this year. “The Spanish team was just too good,” Isner said. “They won the
important points and its a bit discouraging for me because I wanted to
contribute like I did in the first two ties, and thats a credit to (Nicolas)
Almagro and Ferrer, who got two of their points from me.” The American started
well, ripping a number of his 28 forehand winners past a tentative Ferrer who
stuck to his baseline, and a pair of his 16 aces helped secure the lead when
Ferrers forehand sailed long in the first-set tiebreak. Isners momentum came
undone quickly, however, as his forehand strayed to help his opponent—who
saved four of the six break points he faced—draw even and find his rhythm.
Isner was coming apart as his serve lost pace with the 10th-ranked American
kicking his racket around in frustration as Ferrer took full command of the
match after taking a 2-sets-to-1 lead. When Ferrer hit a passing winner in the
fifth set, Isners expression was of resignation as he netted an easy forehand to
be broken again. His backhand flew wide to clinch Spains 26th straight victory
on clay. “I was gonna fight, but in the fourth set he got on a bit of a roll,”
Isner said. “I dont think I got any free points on my serve, he returned my
serve great in that fourth set and he was playing with a lot of confidence.” The
Czech Republic will host Spain in the Nov. 16-18 final, which will be played
after the ATP Finals in London. Spain swept the Czechs 5-0 in Barcelona in the
2009 final. ’ ’ ’ 

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