Roddick Sends U.S. to Davis Cup Final Hosting Russia

Posted on September 24, 2007

Andy Roddick again showed he is the go-to guy in Davis Cup when his American singles teammates fail to produce, on Sunday defeating Jonas Bjorkman, a late replacement for a stomach-ailing Thomas Johansson, 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-4 to put the Americans in the final against Russia.

Roddick went 2-0 over the weekend in Sweden, picking up for teammate James Blake who lost on Friday to Johansson, with the Bryan brothers earning the Saturday doubles point. The loss dropped Blake to an 11-8 career record in Davis Cup singles for the U.S.

If the empty seats at the Scandanvium in Gothenburg were any indication, Swedish fans had little hope of their injury-hit team making a comeback on Sunday. The Swedes were without big gun Robin Soderling who is suffering a wrist injury, and on Friday were forced to insert into the lineup Joachim Johansson who hadn't played a match since January due to a shoulder injury.

Roddick retained his perfect 9-for-9 record of closing out a tie on a decisive Sunday match.

"If I don't win another match between now and the final but we win the final, I'll take that," said the team-player Roddick. "This is my No. 1 priority for the rest of the year, and I'll be discussing my tournament schedule with Jimmy [Connors, his coach] and Patrick [McEnroe, his team captain] to make sure I look after my body and it's right where it needs to be for the final."

It will be the first Davis Cup final hosted by the U.S. since 1992, and an opportunity for the U.S. to end a 12-year title drought. The final will be played on Nov. 30-Dec. 2 against Russia, which edged Germany in the fifth match, with the site to be announced.

Russian Igor Andreev beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the final Sunday Russia-Germany semifinal match to clinch the tie.

"It's an amazing feeling playing here in Moscow and it's the second time I won the deciding's great," Andreev said. "I like this feeling of adrenaline in your body before going on the court, it's so exciting to play here and it's great for our country to reach the Davis Cup final for the second year in a row."

On Friday Andreev beat Tommy Haas in straight sets, then Kohlschreiber evened the tie at 1-1 with a five-set win over Nikolay Davydenko. Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Waske on Saturday gave Germany a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday with a four-set win in the doubles over Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny

"The way the loss developed is pretty hard to take," said German captain Patrik Kuhnen. "Being up 2-1 [Sunday] morning and then getting a message that Tommy Haas is not able to play because of a viral infection. Not having him on court was a major loss for us. Even though we lead 2-1 it was not a victory because the Russian team quality speaks for itself."

On Sunday the German substitute Petzschner lost in four sets to Youzhny before Andreev played the hero in the decider.

"It's a tough loss because maybe we had the chance to play a final in Germany, but that's the game and you have to live with the wins and the losses," Kuhnen said.

Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev says his squad will be ready when they travel to the U.S.

"We know they will play on a fast hard court so it's all about good preparation and if all the guys are in fine condition then it will be the five guys that were here that will go to the USA," Tarpischev said.