United States geared up to bring back the Davis Cup from Spain

9/13/12 in Tennis   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

Blog Photo - United States geared up to bring back the Davis Cup from Spain
The Davis Cup is on its way to the semifinals. The draws have been announced for this weekend’s Davis Cup World Group Semifinals which will be held on Friday in Gijon, Spain.
A mouthwatering contest can be expected between United States and Spain, even though Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal will be unable to participate in the tournament.
The captain of the United States Davis Cup team Jim Courier praised the stadium and facilities in Gijon. In a press conference on Wednesday Jim Courier told reporters he anticipated tough competition from Spain.
“The stadium is very well done; the facilities are wonderful for us,” Jim Courier said. “We have had a very good practice week. I think the hometown, Spain, is the favorite. They are a fantastic team; they could make three or four Davis cup teams that would be very good, considering how many players they have. But we are here to play, we are here to compete and we will take our chances here this weekend.”
“We are expecting a very difficult battle. That is what all these matches, whether is it home or away, are about, it is about getting ready, getting set and letting fire.”
All eyes will be on John Isner at the tournament. The 27-year-old American believes United States will have to be on their toes throughout the tournament. Nonetheless, John Isner has faith in United States recording successful run in the Davis Cup.
“Our team has played in some tough environments before and we expect a tough environment tomorrow, but at the same time we know it is going to be a lot of fun,” John Isner said. “I am just going to go out there and try to enjoy it. It is going to be a good challenge and it is going to be in front of a big crowd. I don’t think it is going to be anything I’m not used to.
“They have two guys who are top ten in the world playing this tie. The team is so deep.”
John Isner will play against David Ferrer on Friday in the first episode of their singles battle. The second battle will take place on Sunday.
The young Sam Querrey will be the second participant from United States in the singles event. Sam Querrey will play against Nicolas Almagro on Friday and Sunday as well.
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