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The 10th-ranked Isner had a 4-0 Davis Cup record this season, including wins over Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. But the 6-foot-9 Isner dropped to 0-3 in five-set Davis Cup matches.
The fifth-ranked Ferrer started well with a break but eventually surrendered his only two service games of the match to lose the first set to Querrey.
Querrey, returning to Davis Cup play for the first time since 2010, failed to convert 12 break chances as the wind gusted off the Bay of Biscay.
"On a couple of them, I should have been more aggressive but he played good points," said the 26th-ranked Querrey. "I feel if I get one of those breaks, it could be a different game."
Ferrer played on hard courts in the U.S. Open semifinal on Sunday.
"It's never easy to adapt from hard court to clay, and with only three to four days even less," said Ferrer, who is 15-0 on clay in the competition. "I didn't feel too bad, but I didn't play perfect tennis, either."
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