U.S. team facing 2-0 deficit in Davis Cup
By TIMES WIRES
Published September 23, 2006
MOSCOW - In order to advance to the final of the Davis Cup, the United States will have to mount its biggest comeback in more than 70 years.
Andy Roddick and James Blake lost their singles matches Friday at the Davis Cup, handing the U.S. team a 2-0 deficit against Russia in a semifinal.
Roddick lost to Marat Safin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the opening match and Blake, a Tampa resident, fell to Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5. Russia can clinch the best-of-five series today with a win in doubles.
The last time the United States came back from a 2-0 Davis Cup deficit was in 1934 against Australia.
"Obviously, our backs are against the wall," captain Patrick McEnroe said. "I believe in these guys. I think they can play well on clay."
The winner faces Australia or Argentina in the final in December.
Bob and Mike Bryan, the world's top doubles team, play for the United States. Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov are scheduled to play for Russia, though the pairings can be changed up to an hour before the match. The loss was only the eighth in 21 Davis Cup matches for Roddick, while Safin improved to 25-14.
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