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USTA Names Andy Roddick, James Blake and World No.1 Doubles Team Bob and Mike Bryan to Face Sweden in 2007 Davis Cup Semifinal, September 21-23

September 5, 2007 11:27 AM

The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced that world No. 5 Andy Roddick, No. 6 James Blake and the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan will comprise the U.S. squad that will face Sweden in the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Semifinal on an indoor carpet in The Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden, September 21-23.

Versus will broadcast daily at 12 noon on a tape delayed basis. 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. That is followed by Sunday’s “reverse singles,” starting with each country’s No. 1 player squaring off followed by the Nos. 2 players in the fifth and final match.

“The Swedes have a great history in Davis Cup,” said McEnroe, who is 11-6 in seven years as U.S. Davis Cup Captain. “They always play well, usually play above their ranking. We're certainly expecting a tough match.”

The United States continues the quest for its 32nd Davis Cup title as one of four teams remaining in the 16-nation Davis Cup World Group. The winner of the U.S. vs. Sweden semifinal will face either Germany or Russia in the final in November. Should both the United States and Russia advance, the U.S. would host the World Group Final for the first time since 1992.

“I’m looking forward to playing Sweden in the Davis Cup semifinals,” said Blake, who is undefeated (10-0) in Sweden, winning the tour event in Stockholm in the fall of 2005 and 2006. “They are a strong team, but we proved that we can win on the road against tough teams, especially with our first-round win at the Czech Republic this year. We like our chances and are excited about the possibility of hosting the Davis Cup Finals.”

Roddick
, who turned 25 last week, has a 23-9 record in Davis Cup singles matches since joining the team in 2001, which places him sixth all-time in singles victories for the U.S. Davis Cup team. Currently ranked No. 5 in the world, the 2003 US Open champion will face Roger Federer in the quarterfinal of this year’s US Open. 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, won his 10th career singles title at the US Open Series event in New Haven, the week before the US Open, and lost a five-set marathon to Tommy Haas in the fourth round yesterday. Blake has a 14-8 overall record in Davis Cup (11-7 in singles, 3-1 in doubles), having represented the United States in 11 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, 29, half of the No. 1 doubles team in the world, holds an 11-1 record in Davis Cup doubles with twin brother Mike. 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 41 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
, 29, 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 43 career ATP doubles titles and won the 2002 US Open and 2003 French Open mixed doubles titles with Lisa Raymond.

Sweden’s Davis Cup Captain Mats Wilander is expected to name his team next week.

This is the 12th meeting between the United States and Sweden in Davis Cup. The United States leads the series, 8-3. Their most recent meeting was a U.S. victory in the 2004 Quarterfinal en route to their 60th appearance Davis Cup final (the U.S. lost to Spain.) The last time the U.S. played in Sweden, they were swept, 5-0, in the 1997 Final at The Scandinavium.

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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