DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND 2012
Isner Shocks Federer To Put USA In Front 2-0
by ATP Staff|
A round-up of the eight Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round ties on Friday.
SWITZERLAND 0, UNITED STATES 2
Clay, Indoor - Fribourg, Switzerland
John Isner stunned World No. 3 Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 to give the visiting United States a 2-0 lead against Switzerland. "It's the biggest win of my life," declared Isner. "But what it means to me, is our team is up 2-0. Hats off to Mardy for winning the first [rubber]. It took a lot of pressure off of me."
After winning the third set in a tie-break, Isner pulled away from the home favourite, breaking the Swiss twice in the fourth set to notch his first win in three meetings against Federer. "I shouldn't take the court if I don't believe I can go out and win this match," said Isner. "I owe a lot to captain Courier. He was on me in practise all week. He told me to do all the right things. The way I played today, that's how I need to play in all of my matches."
Isner's win ended Federer's 15-match Davis Cup singles win streak. "I thought I played at a high level, with John," Federer said. "It's a tough loss. because we're down 2-0, but we're not down and out."
In the opening rubber, World No. 8 Mardy Fish rallied to edge Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7. "It was a great feeling to win the match after losing two [like this] in Austin last year and those hurt so bad," said Fish. "I thought for a second there I wasn't going to win, but snuck it out luckily."
Fish fired 15 aces, and struck 34 forehand winners to defeat Wawrinka in four hours and 26 minutes, evening his Davis Cup singles record to a 7-7 mark.
AUSTRIA 2, RUSSIA 0
Hard, Indoors - Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Jurgen Melzer topped Igor Kunitsyn 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in four hours and four minutes to put Austria ahead of Russia 1-0. Melzer cracked 23 aces and converted seven of his 23 break point opportunities against Kunitsyn.
CZECH REPUBLIC 2, ITALY 0
Hard, Indoors - Ostrava, Czech Republic
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych gave the Czech Republic a 2-0 advantage over visiting Italy after beating Simone Bolelli 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Berdych hit 17 aces, winning 90 per cent of his first serve points to seal the win in two hours and 46 minutes.
CANADA 1, FRANCE 1
Hard, Indoors –Vancouver, Canada
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got his team off to a flying start, dismissing Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 52 minutes to give France a 1-0 lead over Canada. The sixth-ranked Tsonga did not drop serve, and broke Pospisil five times in his 11 break point opportunities.
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