Bob and Mike Bryan in action against Brazil in the 2013 Davis Cup First Round.
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By Erin Bruehl, USTA.com
For the third consecutive tie, Sam Querrey, John Isner and Bob and Mike Bryan will compete for the U.S. Davis Cup team, this time against Serbia and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the 2013 quarterfinal round in Boise, Idaho, April 5-7.
U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier is sticking with the same squad that defeated Brazil, 3-2, in the first round of this year’s competition in Jacksonville, Fla., in February to tackle Djokovic and the Serbian team on an indoor hardcourt in Boise at Taco Bell Arena.
"This team fought hard in the first round against Brazil and we expect a stern challenge when we face the Serbians in the quarterfinals," said Courier, now in his third year as U.S. Davis Cup captain. "We are excited to bring the Davis Cup team to Boise for the first time and I expect a full house with enthusiastic crowd support for the home team."
For the first time, Querrey, the world No. 20, enters the tie as the top-ranked American man, followed by Isner at No. 23. The 13-time Grand Slam champion Bryan brothers, meantime, are an impressive 20-3 as a team in their Davis Cup careers. Querrey will be looking to repeat his impressive performance in the opening round, where he won both his singles matches in the U.S.’s victory over Brazil, including the clinching point over Thiago Alves in the deciding singles match.
The U.S. will face a formidable lineup against Serbia, headlined by six-time Grand Slam singles champion Djokovic, world No. 44 Viktor Troicki, No. 338 Ilija Bozoljac and world No. 19 doubles player Nenad Zimonjic. This is the third time the U.S. Davis Cup team has faced off against the No. 1-ranked player in the world since the ATP rankings began in 1974, having previously lost to Spain and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the 2008 semifinals and defeated Sweden with top-ranked Stefan Edberg in the 1992 semifinals. The U.S. and Serbia have met only once before, with Serbia winning in Belgrade in 2010 en route to its only Davis Cup title. The U.S. has won the Davis Cup 32 times—more than any other nation.
The winner of this matchup advances to the Davis Cup semifinals, to be played September 13-15 against the winner of the quarterfinal tie between Canada and Italy. If the U.S. defeats Serbia, it would either host Canada or travel to Italy.
This is the first time that the state of Idaho has hosted a Davis Cup tie, making it the 34th state to play host to the Davis Cup competition. The U.S. is 110-16 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home.
Tickets are still available for the best-of-five match series. Prices range from $90 to $500 and are sold as three-day ticket packages. Single-day tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m. MT. Additional ticket fees apply. Tickets can be purchased at www.idahotickets.com
Fans can also watch all matches on Tennis Channel beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. MT on Friday, 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT on Saturday, and 2 p.m. ET/12 p.m. MT on Sunday.
For more information on the U.S. Davis Cup team, please visit the Davis Cup homepage. To learn about Davis Cup in Boise, including buying tickets, please click here.