Spain may be missing the services of Rafael Nadal, who is injured, but American Davis Cup captain Jim Courier still calls the Spaniards the favourites as the two nations battle it out in the semi finals of the Davis Cup competition this weekend.
The tie is being held in Spain and Spain hasn't lost on clay, or at home, in 13 years.
Speaking to the media ahead of the tie, Courier said, "Spain is the favorite. They could make three or four Davis Cup teams with how many players they have. (But) we'll take our chances. The preparation is the same for us, no different. It's all about execution.''
In the first match of the tie, Sam Querrey will play world no. 5 David Ferrer while John Isner will meet Nicolas Almagro in the second match.
"'Our team has played in some tough environments before and we expect a tough environment tomorrow,'' comented Isner. ''It's going to be a big challenge, but it's not going to be anything I'm not used to.''
The Americans will be looking to the Bryan brothers to ensure the tie remains alive on Sunday.
The Bryans, who just recently won the US Open title, will take oon Spanish duo Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez on Saturday.
''This could be our toughest away tie match,'' Mike Bryan commented. ''We'll treat it just like the U.S. Open final a week ago.''