Blake rallies US for opening singles split

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

James Blake won in straight sets Friday to give the United States a split of the opening singles with Romania on Friday.

Blake rallies US for opening singles split

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James Blake won in straight sets Friday to give the United States a split of the opening singles with Romania on Friday, the opening day of their Davis Cup World Group tie. Blake defeated Victor Hanescu 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-2 following Andrei Pavel's 6-7 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2, 6-4 upset of Roddick. American twins Bob and Mike Bryan will face Pavel and Hanescu in doubles in Saturday's only match. The singles players switch opponents for Sunday's closing matches. Blake, ranked No. 20, played a steady, efficient match and took command in the third set against No. 41 Hanescu. Pavel, No. 82, fought off match point in the third set after Roddick grew ill. Roddick, No. 3, vomited several times on the sidelines during changeovers and also took a timeout because his right hand cramped up. Dehydrated, he spent almost two hours after the match taking fluid intravenously. Roddick led 7-6 in the third-set tiebreaker, with two serves coming up. But he lost both and Pavel went on to win when Roddick netted one forehand and hit another long for the final point of the set. Pavel dominated the fourth set, then built a 5-1 lead in the fifth before Roddick fought back to close within one game. The 32-year-old Pavel, nine years older than Roddick, came back to put the match away. The United States hasn't won the Davis Cup since 1995, and was eliminated by eventual champion Croatia in the first round last year. Roddick was coming off a fourth-round loss to Marcos Baghdatis in the Australian Open. (AP)

Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
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