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Rematch of 2004 Davis Cup Final to Take Place in Front of Sold-Out Crowd

March 22, 2007 11:05 AM
The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced that world No. 3 Andy Roddick, No. 8 James Blake, and the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan will comprise the U.S. squad that will host Spain in the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinals on an indoor hard court in the sold-out Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC, April 6-8.

Versus will broadcast live each day at 2 p.m. The Tennis Channel will continue its Davis Cup prime time tradition nightly at 8 p.m. The opening day of play in the best-of-five match series features each country's No. 1 singles player against the No. 2 player from the other country. The pivotal doubles match is played Saturday followed by Sunday’s “reverse singles” starting with each country’s No. 1 player squaring off followed by the No. 2 players in the fifth and final match.

“There’s no surprises with our line-up. We’ll have the same team for six straight ties and the guys have a great team mentality towards Davis Cup,” said U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe, who has led the United States to the 2004 Davis Cup Final and two semifinal finishes since taking over in 2001. “Spain will be a strong test for us, but we know there will be a sold-out, enthusiastic crowd on our side.”

The Joel Coliseum sold out more than three weeks in advance of the event. Daily crowds of 14,453 will make this the third-highest attended Davis Cup tie in the United States and the largest since the United States defeated Australia in the 1990 Davis Cup Final in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The United States continues the quest for its 32nd Davis Cup title as one of eight teams remaining in the 16-nation Davis Cup World Group. The winner of the U.S. vs. Spain quarterfinal will face either Argentina or Sweden in the semifinals in September. Should the United States defeat Spain, they would be on the road for the semifinals.

Roddick, 24, swept both of his singles matches to lead the United States to a first round win over the Czech Republic in February. It was the United States’ first win on clay in a Davis Cup World Group match in 10 years. Roddick has a 22-9 record in Davis Cup matches since joining the team in 2001, which places him sixth all-time in singles victories for the U.S. Davis Cup team. Roddick has played in all but one tie for the United States since his debut. He has been the No. 1 player for the United States in all but two appearances – his debut at the 2001 Davis Cup First Round at Switzerland and the 2002 Davis Cup First Round win over the Slovak Republic (behind Pete Sampras) in Oklahoma City.

Blake, 27, is coming off his most successful season as a pro, ending 2006 ranked No. 4 in the world after winning five titles and finishing runner-up at the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup. Blake won his ninth career singles title earlier this year in Sydney. Blake has a 12-8 overall record in Davis Cup (9-7 in singles; 3-1 in doubles), having represented the United States in 10 ties over the past seven years. Blake turned professional after completing his sophomore season at Harvard as the No. 1 player in college tennis. In 2001, he became the first former Harvard student to represent the United States in Davis Cup in 75 years. Dwight Davis, a senior at Harvard, founded the Davis Cup competition in 1900.

Bob Bryan, 28, half of the No. 1 doubles team in the world, holds a 10-1 record in Davis Cup doubles with twin brother Mike and is undefeated in two singles matches. The duo won their fifth career Grand Slam doubles title in January when they successfully defended their Australian Open title. The Bryan brothers have won 35 doubles titles as a team and are the most successful sibling doubles team in the Open era of professional tennis. Bob also won the mixed doubles titles at the US Open with three different partners: Katarina Srebotnik (2003), Vera Zvonareva (2004) and Martina Navratilova (2006).

Mike Bryan, 28, has played every doubles match for the U.S. Davis Cup team since he and his twin brother, Bob, joined the team in September 2003. They are the only brothers to pair in victory for the United States Davis Cup team. Together they ended 2006 as the No. 1 doubles team in the world for the third time in four years. Mike has 37 career ATP doubles titles and won the 2002 US Open and 2003 French Open mixed doubles titles with Lisa Raymond.

Spain’s Davis Cup Captain Emilio Sanchez is expected to name his team, including world No. 2 Rafael Nadal¸ on Monday morning.

This is the eighth meeting between the United States and Spain in Davis Cup. Their most recent meeting came in the 2004 Final as Spain won their second Davis Cup title in front of daily crowds of 27,200 in Seville’s Olympic Stadium. The United States leads the series, 4-3.

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition with 131 nations competing this year. The United States leads all nations with 31 Davis Cup titles, the last coming in 1995.

AIG is the official sponsor of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team.




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