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Ferrer and Berdych book final appearances

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David Ferrer overcame John Isner in four sets to send Spain into the Davis Cup final, where they will face the Czech Republic, who have Tomas Berdych to thank.

Spain led the United States 2-1 at the start of Sunday's action, and Ferrer's 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4 6-2 triumph on home soil in Gijon gave them an unassailable lead. The victory means that Ferrer's Davis Cup singles record on clay now stands at a formidable 16-0.

America had pulled back the deficit on Saturday when the Bryan brothers won their doubles contest against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, but Isner was unable to carry that momentum on.

The Spaniards will now face the Czech Republic in the final, after Berdych defeated Argentina's Carlos Berlocq to secure an insurmountable 3-1 advantage.

Berdych had been due to face Juan Martin Del Potro, an altogether more daunting proposition, before the former US Open champion was forced to withdraw from the tie due to an injury, and Berdych took advantage against Berlocq to secure a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-4 win despite coming up against a partisan Buenos Aires crowd.

Elsewhere, Germany secured a World Group spot for 2013 with a 3-2 victory over Australia. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-4 6-1 6-4 in the decisive fifth rubber.

Belgium closed out a resounding 5-0 triumph over Sweden to also steal a World Group spot, while Israel, Kazakhstan, Canada and Brazil were winners against Japan, Uzbekistan, South Africa and Russia respectively.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer helped ensure Switzerland's future in the World Group with a 3-2 win against Netherlands, as Italy ran out 4-1 winners against Chile.

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