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Isner Shocks Federer To Put USA In Front 2-0

Melzer© AFP/Getty ImagesJurgen Melzer beat Igor Kunitsyn in five sets to give Austria a 1-0 lead vs. Russia.

A round-up of the eight Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round ties on Friday.

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."

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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."

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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.

Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison will attempt to give the Americans an unassailable advantage when they face Federer and Wawrinka in the doubles rubber Saturday.

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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.

Andreas Haider-Maurer spoiled Alex Bogomolov Jr.'s Davis Cup debut, defeating the top-ranked Russian 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-2 to extend the Austrian’s lead.

Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny will aim to keep the Russian's hopes alive when they face Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya Saturday.

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.

Radek Stepanek won the first rubber, topping Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and 50 minutes. With the win, Stepanek improved to a 11-8 singles record in Davis Cup play.

Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Rosol will look to clinch the tie for the Czechs on Saturday when they square off against Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace.

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.

Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic levelled the tie with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 win over Julien Benneteau. Raonic fired 24 aces, winning 89 per cent of his first serve points in the two hour and 17 minute victory.

Benneteau will join forces with Michael Llodra, taking on Pospisil and doubles standout Daniel Nestor in Saturday’s doubles rubber.

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