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Fish Replaces Roddick for U.S. Davis Cup Quarterfinals

July 6, 2009 07:00 AM

The U.S. Davis Cup team received a blow on Monday when Andy Roddick announced he will not participate in this weekend’s quarterfinal tie against Croatia due to a hip injured during his Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.

Roddick sustained the hip flexor injury when he slipped and fell to the grass in the eighth game of the fourth set during the five-set epic battle. The 26-year-old American went on to compete for another 1-1/2 hours before Federer eventually won the fifth set 16-14.

Roddick will be replaced in singles this weekend by Florida's Mardy Fish, who currently stands at No. 23 on the ATP Rankings.

"Andy has been a stalwart for this team the past nine years, and his dedication to Davis Cup and his teammates is unquestioned," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said. "Mardy is a Davis Cup veteran and we appreciate his willingness to join the team on short notice. He has been playing well and we are glad to have him back in the singles lineup.”

The U.S. line-up will now be Fish and James Blake in singles, and the Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob, in doubles. Ivo Karlovic and Marin Cilic are expected to lead in singles for Croatia on the red clay. Croatia is the only nation with a winning Davis Cup record against the U.S.

"It's worse for us," Goran Prpic, Croatia's Davis Cup captain, told the Associated Press. "Instead of an injured Roddick, who after such a final at Wimbledon would have had to play matches on clay, we'll have to face a motivated Fish."

The U.S. will have its work cut out in singles on the red dirt, as Fish is 1-1 career in Davis Cup live singles matches on clay, while Blake is 1-4. The Bryans have no such problems on clay with a 6-0 career Davis Cup record on clay, and a 2003 French Open title to their credit.

Tennis Channel will air each day of play during the tie at 10 a.m. ET.

 

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