New York, NY (Sports Network) - John Isner and Sam Querrey have been selected
to play singles for the United States when it travels to face reigning
champion Spain in their Davis Cup semifinal next week.
The best-of-five encounter will be staged on red clay at Parque Hermanos
Castro in Gijon.
The U.S. team, captained by former No. 1 player Jim Courier, will be
comprised of the 6-foot-9 world No. 10 Isner, 28th-ranked Querrey and its
legendary doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
The Americans will head to Spain without Mardy Fish or Andy Roddick, as Fish
pulled out of the U.S. Open draw this week citing "health concerns," while
Roddick will retire from tennis when his 2012 U.S. Open is complete.
Spain, captained by former top-five star Alex Corretja, is expected to counter
with world No. 5 David Ferrer, 12th-ranked Nicolas Almagro, Marcel Granollers
and Marc Lopez.
The reigning French Open champion and former world No. 1 Nadal has not played
since losing in the second round at Wimbledon, due to a partially torn patella
tendon in his left knee.
The U.S. and Spain have split 10 career meetings, with the Spaniards winning
the last two matchups, including a quarterfinal victory in Austin, Texas last
year. Spain also beat team USA in the 2004 Davis Cup finale.
The United States boasts a record 32 Davis Cup titles, with its last one
coming in 2007. The Americans won the inaugural prestigious team competition
way back in 1900.
Spain beat Argentina in last year's World Group final in Seville, as the
powerful Spaniards have won five of the last 12 Davis Cup titles.
The winner between the U.S. and Spain will face the Argentina-Czech Republic
victor in the 2012 final in November.
The Sports Network