Harrison wins first Davis Cup match.
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By Erin Bruehl, USTA.com
FRIBOURG, Switzerland – It was a dead rubber but an important match for Ryan Harrison nonetheless, as it was his first career victory and match as a member of the U.S. Davis Cup Team.
Harrison defeated Michael Lammer 7-6 (0), 7-6 (4) and John Isner then defeated Marco Chiudinelli 6-3, 6-4 for his second victory of the tie to give the U.S. the unlikely 5-0 sweep of Switzerland in their 2012 Davis Cup First Round tie on indoor red clay in Fribourg.
The U.S. clinched the tie victory Saturday, behind a four-set victory from Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish over Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, for an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the tie. Fish was originally scheduled to play the fourth singles match against Roger Federer, but with the outcome already decided, Harrison and Lammer were substituted, as was Chiudinelli for Wawrinka against Isner.
After the first day of play Friday, the U.S. led 2-0 as Fish defeated Wawrinka in five sets and Isner then upset Federer in four sets for the biggest win of his career and his first Davis Cup live rubber victory.
On Sunday, Harrison, 19, bombed serves as usual against Lammer, generating a few murmurs from the crowd with his speed, in a well and evenly played match between the two players.
Harrison was on his first U.S. Davis Cup Team for its 2010 World Group Playoff against Colombia, but did not compete in the tie, as his scheduled fifth singles match was canceled due to rain with the tie already decided in favor of the U.S.
Isner, the world No. 17, completed one of the best weekends of his career with this second and third Davis Cup singles victories, giving himself a formula of going for his shots and not letting his opponent or the score dictate his play, which he needs to use week in and week out on the ATP Tour, as he continues to rise up the rankings.
With the victory, the U.S. now advances to the Davis Cup Quarterfinals April 6-8 away against the winner of the first round tie between France and Canada.