USA Clinches Davis Cup Quarterfinals

The US Men are back into the Davis Cup Quarterfianls, and Cracked Racquets’ Ryan Cardiff breaks down how they got there.ย ย 

The United States Davis Cup team secured their bid to the Quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Serbia last weekend. With Jack Sock sitting out and Novak Djokovic not participating, both countries were without their highest ranked singles players. Despite this abscence of top level talent, fans still got to experience competitive matches throughout the weekend.

Sam Querry
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In the opening singles match, 88th ranked Laslo Djere shocked 12th ranked Sam Querrey by taking the first set 7-6(4). Querrey settled in soon thereafter, breaking Djereโ€™s serve twice in the second set and took the set 6-2. Querrey then snagged a late break in the third set to win it 7-5, giving him a 2-1 set advantage. Querrey used this momentum to close out the match and earn a 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 victory, putting the US up 1-0 in the best of five match.

Next up was 16th ranked John Isner, who was heavily favored in a matchup against 84th rankedย Dusan Lajovic. Isner faced some adversity in his opening singles match. After winning the first set 6-4, Isner dropped a second gritty set to Lajovic 7-6(7).

John Isner
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Rallying behind his big serve, Isner was able to win the third set 6-3. Lajovic would not go away easily, as he rebounded to take the fourth set 6-3. With no breaks of serve, the deciding fifth set would go to a tiebreak with Isner taking the tiebreaker 7-4, giving the US a big 2-0 advantage going into doubles.

U.S. Davis Cup fans are used to seeing the iconic duo of Bob and Mike Bryan on the doubles court for the U.S. Their recent retirement from the Davis Cup tournament meant that Captain Jim Courier would need to rely on some younger talent.ย  Courier called on Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson for this task. The two fought off a rocky start to eventually clinch the victory for the U.S. with a four set win over Nikola Milojevic and Miljan Zekic. A sloppy first set that included 12 unforced errors by the Americans gave the set to the Serbians 7-6(3). Harrison and Johnson settled in soon, however, making only 17 unforced errors the rest of the match to win the next 3 sets 6-2, 7-5, and 6-4 to clinch the match and send the U.S. to the quarterfinals against Belgium.

Harrison gave his thoughts on the match (from โ€œMy captain and my partner helped me settle down after a rough start. We did a really good job competing hard throughout the match and on some days itโ€™s much [more] gratifying when you are in a tough environment.โ€

Captain Jim Courier added his thoughts on hosting Belgium in the quarterfinals (from โ€œThat would be nice, it would give these guys a chance to play back in the US as we have played the last two on the road, so we are looking forward to that opportunity.โ€

After the team match was already decided, Serbiaโ€™s Pedja Krstin defeated Johnson 6-1, 7-5 to give Serbia their only point in the match.

The US returns to American soil where it will face Belgium in the quarterfinals on the weekend of April 6-8.

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