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U.S. Davis Cup vs Croatia -- By the Numbers

July 9, 2009 07:00 AM

The U.S. takes on Croatia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals beginning Friday, July 10-12 in the resort town of Porec on indoor red clay. The all-Florida team of James Blake and Mardy Fish will carry the singles load for the U.S. after the injury withdrawal of Andy Roddick, with the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, in doubles.

Croatia will counter with Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic in singles and doubles, although team captains may substitute the doubles team up to one hour before the match. Television coverage in the U.S. is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. Sunday, all ET on Tennis Channel.

Here is a look at the tie by the numbers:

2005

 

The year Croatia beat the U.S. 3-2 in the first round, with Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick in singles, en route to the eventual title

2003

   

The year Croatia beat the U.S. 4-1 in the first round, with James Blake and Mardy Fish in singles

2000

 

The year Mardy Fish and Ivo Karlovic both turned pro

1995

 

The last year the U.S. played a quarterfinal tie away on clay, beating Italy 5-0

1992

 

The last year Croatian players represented Yugoslavia in Davis Cup play

1903

 

Year of the only other brothers to play doubles for the U.S. Davis Cup team, George and Robert Wrenn

1900

 

First year the U.S. competed in Davis Cup, compared to 1993 for Croatia

643

 

Aces by Ivo Karlovic this year, No. 1 on tour

59

 

Wins for the U.S. team on clay all-time out of 82 total ties on the dirt

49

 

Record for most singles matches played for the U.S. by John McEnroe -- Andy Roddick is second with 42

34

 

Percent of 1st serve points won returning serve by Marin Cilic, No. 6 on tour

32

 

The number of U.S. Davis Cup titles, more than any other country

18-3

 

U.S. record in Davis Cup quarterfinals since the World Group was instituted in 1981

18

 

Consecutive matches played by Andy Roddick before withdrawing from this tie due to injury

16

 

Davis Cup wins by captain Patrick McEnroe's team, second to former captain Tom Gorman's 18 (1986-93)

15

 

Ranking of Marin Cilic, highest of any singles participant

15

 

Number of doubles victories by the Bryan brothers, an all-time best for the U.S.

13

 

Career titles for the Bryan brothers on clay

11

 

Record for most tie-clinching wins, held by Andy Roddick (11-0 in clinching ties)

9

 

Years as U.S. Davis Cup captain for Patrick McEnroe, an all-time record, surpassing Tom Gorman's 8

6-10

 

Height of Ivo Karlovic

6

 

Number of points accounted for by Ivan Ljubicic in the first two Croatia vs. U.S. ties (won every singles and doubles match he participated in)

5

 

All-time World Group wins on clay for Croatia, versus 6 losses

4

 

Round the Croatian and U.S. singles players have never surpassed at the French Open

2

 

Tour singles titles by Marin Cilic in 2009, best of any singles participant

1

 

U.S. practice partner appearance by Florida's Ryan Harrison

0

 

Number of matches Croatia lost to Chile in the 1st round

 

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