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U.S. at Serbia in 2010 Davis Cup; Federer vs Nadal?

September 22, 2009 07:00 PM

 The Bryan brothers

By Rick Vach, USTA Florida

The U.S. Davis Cup team has drawn a tough task in the first round of the 2010 Davis Cup, an away match against the Novak Djokovic-led Serbian team on March 5-7, 2010.

Andy Roddick and the Florida-based Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, will no doubt hold down the top singles and the doubles slot respectively, but the No. 2 singles spot will be a decision for U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe. Tampa's James Blake has played through injuries and a slump in 2009, dropping to No. 24 on the ATP Rankings as of September 2009. Hot on his tail are No. 25-ranked Sam Querrey, and Wesley Chapel's No. 41-ranked John Isner who defeated Roddick at the US Open.

The choice of surface will be key for the Serbs, who will likely go with the surface that has been kryptonite for the big-serving Americans so many times in the past, red clay. Djokovic has never faced Roddick or Blake on clay, and beat Querrey handily in their only meeting last year.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the U.S. and Serbia, which rose to World Group prominence in 2008 for the first time under the on-court leadership of Djokovic. Serbia first competed in the Davis Cup as a country in 2007, formerly competing as Serbia & Montenegro from 2004-06, and before that, as Yugoslavia from 1927-2003.


Another tantalizing meeting in the first round is Spain vs. Switzerland, or more distinctly, Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer. Spain will host the tie, almost certainly on red clay.

Earlier this month Federer kept Switzerland in the World Group, leading his squad over Italy in the World Group Playoffs. The current No. 1-ranked players says he will consider playing in the first round of the 2010 contest, which would be the first Davis Cup meeting between the Swiss and the Spaniard.

"I truly enjoy playing for my country but I'll also have to see where I have my priorities for next season," Federer told the media. "Of course, there are the Grand Slams but there is also No. 1, which is a bit of a dilemma. Like in the other years, I will see after the Australian Open how I feel and if I play the first round."






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