Saturday, September 20, 2008

Davis Cup Update: Spain 2 - 1 USA

The Americans kept their Davis Cup hopes alive (however far-fetched they may be) as they grabbed a point from their doubles rubber against Spain on Saturday.

Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish (Bob Bryan's replacement) overcame Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to shorten Spain's lead to 2-1, after Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer had grabbed a 2-0 lead for Spain on Friday.

I think the American duo deserve a two thumbs-up given that Fish was called at the very last minute, when Bob Bryan aggravated an injury, and he only started practicing with Mike a week ago. They managed to edge past the Spaniards, who were cheered upon by an insane home crowd in a bull-fighting arena. If that's not intimidating, I don't know what is.

Tomorrow, Andy Roddick will face Nadal, while Sam Querrey will face Ferrer. Nadal leads Roddick 3-2 head-to-head, but they have split their 2 meetings this year. Querrey and Ferrer have never played each other before.

Tie Details
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Nadal def. Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
Ferrer def. Roddick 7-6, 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 8-6
Bryan/Fish def. Verdasco/Lopez 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

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