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Doubles Wins Save USA, Russia In Davis Cup Semifinals

By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2008 5:32pm PST USA
Doubles Wins Save USA, Russia In Davis Cup Semifinals, Mike Bryan, 
Mardy Fish, Lawn Tennis Magazine MADRID/BUENOS AIRES--( After losing two singles matches each Friday, the USA and Russia both won their doubles matches today to stay in contention in the Davis cup semifinals.

Friday at Madrid, David Ferrer of Spain defeated Andy Roddick 6-7(5-7), 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 8-6 while world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain ousted Sam Querrey of the USA 6-7(5-7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to give Spain a 2-0 lead

Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish | Photo by Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images
Davis Cup semfinals, Lawn Tennis Magazine

versus the USA in the best of five matches team competition.

Argentina also took a 2-0 lead Friday against Russia as Juan Martin Del Porto defeated Russia's Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. Argentina's David Nalbandian also beat Igor Andreev 7-6(7-5), 6-2, 6-4.

Today in doubles Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish of the USA defeated Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco of Spain Spain 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 while Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia defeated Guillermo Canas and David Nalbandian of Argentia 6-2, 6-1, 6-7(9-11), 3-6, 8-6.

Sunday the USA and Russia must win both of their scheduled singles matches however to advance to the Davis Cup final.

Andy Roddick(USA) vs Rafael Nadal(Spain)
This year world number one Nadal has already beaten Roddick in straight sets on the hardcourts at Dubai and the grass at London. There's not many reasons to believe Roddick can beat Nadal on Roddick's worst and Nadal's best surface, the clay of Madrid.
Pick: Rafael Nadal

Sam Querrey(USA) vs David Ferrer(Spain)
Querrey ranked 39th has never played Ferrer ranked 5th before. Ferrer prefers the clay surface while Querrey will try to use his big serve to turn the match into a hardcourt match.
Pick: David Ferrer

Juan Martin Del Porto(Argentina) vs Dmitri Tursunov(Russia)
19 year old Del Porto at 6 feeet 6 inches towers over most opponents and uses his power to end points quickly. Tursunov is more experienced in Davis Cup play, but he may not be able to take control of enough points for his experience to make a difference.
Pick: Juan Martin Del Porto

David Nalbandian(Argentina) vs Nikolay Davydenko(Russia)
Nalbandian and Davydenko split their last few matches with the last three going four sets. Both players play similar topspin games, but I think Davydenko is executing better and is playing with more consistency.
Pick: Nikolay Davydenko

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