The Americans' strong 2012 run included victories over both Roger Federer-led Switzerland and France away, on clay. But even those impressive victories couldn't propel it past the world's top clay-court nation as Ferrer stayed unbeaten on the surface for his 16th victory.
Three straight road series took a toll on a U.S. team led by Isner now that Andy Roddick has retired and Mardy Fish was absent due to health issues.
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