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U.S. Davis Cup Squad Awaits World Group Playoff Opponent

March 7, 2010 06:00 PM
 

 Patrick McEnroe
(Photo: Ron Angle)

After an opening-round loss to Serbia in the 2010 Davis Cup, U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe and his squad will wait during the coming months to see who their opponent will be in the World Group Playoffs, to be held Sept. 17-19, 2010.

The U.S. must win in the World Group Playoffs to retain a spot in the Davis Cup World Group for 2011. John Isner, who was making his Davis Cup debut, and Sam Querrey were unable to get a live-rubber singles win against Serbia over the weekend, with Isner battling valiantly against Novak Djokovic, losing 6-4 in the fifth set in the decider on Sunday.

"I'm really proud of the way the guys played and competed and handled themselves this weekend," McEnroe said in a blog on usta.com following the loss. We came up a little short but I think we have a lot to look forward to in U.S. tennis with these guys playing Davis Cup...Looking ahead, we're back in the World Group Playoff for the first time since 2005. There's so much depth in men's tennis that we have to expect a tough series come September, especially if we play away, it's that much trickier. But we wont worry about that too much until the time comes."

A loss in September would see the U.S. drop into zonal competition, which hasn't happened since 1988 after the U.S. was beaten by Germany in a World Group Playoff round. That year Boris Becker defeated Tim Mayotte in the deciding fifth singles match in five sets.

Over the weekend Serbia jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Friday when Viktor Troicki defeated Isner in four sets, and Djokovic topped Querrey in four sets. The U.S. earned their first point in the Saturday doubles when Isner, subbing for an ill Mike Bryan, teamed with Bob Bryan to defeat Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic in four sets.

Isner put in a big-serving display in the first Sunday match, but the athletic Djokovic ran down virtually everything in edging the American 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 to clinch the tie.
 

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