This was one of the best weekends for Davis Cup in a long time. The World Group Semis which featured the parings of Germany/Russia and
Let’s focus on the US/Sweden tie. The
A-Rod defeats Pim-Pim 7-6 (4) 7-6 (3) 6-3
Talk about a battle of the serves and service winners. About a million aces were fired between Andy Roddick and
6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Thomas Johansson, the former Australian Open champ was on fire from the start, and
USA 1 Sweden 1
The first set of this match was a keeper with 4 of the best doubles players at their volleying best. The ATP needs to put the highlights from the first set in their “Doubles Revolution” promos. Top-notch play with only 3 unforced errors and a competitive nerve-wracking tiebreak. After the first set, the Bryan Twins broke Jonas Bjorkman’s serve three times and that’s all she wrote.
USA 3 Sweden 1
"Dead rubber Specialist"
Aspelin? Apparently Joachim“Pim-Pim” Johannson was so sore after the Roddick match on Friday that he couldn’t move. Enter Bjorkman’s doubles partner to act as a sacrificial lamb for Sweden. "Dead Rubber" Blake wins! End of story!
USA 4 Sweden 1
The US will match up against Russia in the Davis Cup final at the end on November on US soil. The three cities in the running to host the Davis Cup final are: Winston – Salem, North Carolina, Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California.
However Roddick apparently spilled the beans about the Davis Cup Final as noted in an article on ESPN.com “Roddick appeared to tip off the site selection during his post-match comments when he promised that "We're going to try to export all of the clay out of the state of Oregon. … I don't know if they have clay courts in Oregon, but hopefully they'll cover them up during that weekend." For the full story go to ESPN
It will be the first time that the US has played on home soil for the Davis Cup since 1992. Roddick, Blake at the Bryans better be at their best to compete with mighty Russia. Russia is trying to defend last year’s Davis Cup.