Davis attendance may set record

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) -- This week's U.S.-Spain Davis Cup final is expected to break the attendance record for a sanctioned tennis match.

The temporary clay court set up in Seville's Olympic Stadium has been configured to seat 26,600. The existing mark was set in 1954 in Sydney, Australia, when 25,578 watched the United States defeat Australia in the Davis Cup final.

Exhibition tennis matches have drawn more fans, including the 30,472 who were at the "Battle of the Sexes" between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at the Houston Astrodome in 1973.

"To play in such a big stadium is impressive," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said. "Our guys are excited. We know how difficult it is going to be as the underdog."

His team arrived Saturday and held its first full workout Sunday. The best-of-five final begins Friday, with two singles matches. Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish lead the Americans, while past No. 1s and French Open champions Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya head the hosts.

Spain is appearing in its third Davis Cup final in five seasons. The United States, which has won the Davis Cup a record 31 times, last reached the final in 1997. Its last victory was in 1995.

While the Spaniards have won 11 straight Davis Cup matches at home, the Americans have some impressive head-to-head records. Roddick is 12-0 against all members of the Spanish team, although one of those matches was on clay. Fish is 4-1 against the Spanish players, but none of his wins came on clay.


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