Roddick will open for U.S. against Chile

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, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Playing his first Davis Cup tennis in two years, former world No. 1 star Andy Roddick will open for the United States on Friday when it faces host Chile in an World Group opening-round affair.

Roddick will take on veteran Nicolas Massu outdoors on the Chileans' preferred surface of red clay at National Stadium.

The 28-year-old Roddick decided against playing Davis Cup last year, as the U.S. lost to eventual champion Serbia in the first round.

The five-time Grand Slam finalist Roddick is second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history with 31 singles wins.

Roddick-Massu will be followed by a singles rubber between 6-foot-9 John Isner and Chile's Paul Capdeville.

Saturday's doubles will pit American stalwarts Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan against a Chilean tandem of Massu and Jorge Aguilar, while Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Roddick against Capdeville and Isner versus Massu, who was an Olympic gold medalist in both singles and doubles for Chile in Athens in 2004.

Former world No. 1 star Jim Courier is a first-year captain for team USA, which was led by Patrick McEnroe the previous 10 years.

Team Chile is captained by Hans Gildemeister.

The 32-time champion United States is a perfect 4-0 all-time versus Chile. The two nations last met in the 2006 quarterfinals in Rancho Mirage, California, where the U.S. won 3-2 behind two singles victories by Roddick and a doubles win by the twin Bryan brothers.

Chile has never won the Davis Cup.

The USA-Chile winner will face either Spain or Belgium in the quarterfinals in July.


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