|Feliciano Lopez returns the ball against Mardy Fish during their singles Davis Cup tennis match. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)
Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer gave Spain a 2-0 lead over the host United States in their best-of-five 2011 Davis Cup quarterfinal.
Lopez outlasted world No. 8 Mardy Fish, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 8-6, capitalizing on his third match point to end the bout after three hours and 58 minutes.
World No. 6 Ferrer then prevailed against 10th-ranked former No. 1 star Andy Roddick, 7-6 (11-9), 7-5, 6-3, in the Day-1 nightcap.
This round-of-eight affair is being staged on an indoor hardcourt at the Frank Erwin Center at the University of Texas.
Spain is competing without world No. 2 star Rafael Nadal, who decided against playing this week.
Saturday's doubles will pit the mighty American twin Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, against an all-lefthanded Spanish duo of Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, while Sunday's reverse singles currently have Fish meeting Ferrer and the former U.S. Open champion Roddick battling Lopez.
The U.S. is captained by former world No. 1 star Jim Courier, while team Spain is led by former French Open champ Albert Costa.
The Americans are 5-4 all-time versus the Spaniards, including a perfect 4-0 on home soil.
The U.S. boasts a record 32 Davis Cup titles, while powerful Spain has won four of the last 11 championships. The Spaniards beat the Americans in the 2004 World Group finale.
The winner in Texas will face the France-Germany victor in the semifinals in September.