Fish, Roddick will lead U.S. against Spain

SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - First-year United States captain Jim Courier announced that world No. 9 Mardy Fish and 10th-ranked Andy Roddick will lead his Davis Cup team against visiting Spain in Austin, Texas next week.

Austin is Roddick's adopted hometown.

The two nations will square off in a best-of-five quarterfinal on an indoor hardcourt at the Frank Erwin Center at the University of Texas from July 8-10.

Fish will play in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Wednesday, while the former world No. 1 Roddick is second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history with 33 career singles wins.

The Spaniards will head to Texas without the services of world No. 1 superstar Rafael Nadal, who announced earlier this week that he would not play next week. The 10-time Grand Slam titlist Nadal is the reigning Wimbledon, French Open and U.S. Open champion and will also play in the Wimbledon quarters on Wednesday.

Team USA will also boast the top doubles tandem in the world, the twin Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike.

Spain will counter with world No. 6 David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers. Lopez, like Fish and Nadal, will also compete in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Wednesday.

"Spain has been one of the top Davis Cup teams for a number of years now and we are excited to have the chance to compete against them in Austin in front of our home crowd," said Courier, who was named the 40th U.S. Davis Cup captain in October. "Our team is looking forward to both the challenge and the atmosphere of the tie."

This quarterfinal tie will mark the 10th matchup overall between the U.S. and Spain, as the Americans lead the overall series 5-4, with its last victory coming in a 2007 quarterfinal in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Nadal led the Spaniards to a 4-1 victory in the last meeting between the two countries in a 2008 semifinal in Spain.

The mighty Spaniards have won four of the last 11 Davis Cup titles.

The 32-time champion U.S. is 109-15 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home and 209-64 in Davis Cup play overall. The Americans own the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989.

Should the U.S. defeat Spain, it would face either Germany or France in the semifinals, on the road, in September.


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