U.S. Chases 2011 Davis Cup Title

LOS ANGELES — Tennis Channel will provide exclusive coverage of the United States’ and Spain’s Davis Cup quarterfinal competition in Austin, Tex., this weekend with live telecasts of each match and same-day, “Instant Encore” replays beginning at 3 p.m. ET each day. The United States has never lost a Davis Cup match to Spain on American soil. The battle between 2009 Davis Cup champions Spain and the United States will consist of two singles matches on Friday, July 8, followed by the doubles match Saturday, July 9. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, July 10. Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points advancing to the semifinals to face Germany or France, Sept. 16-18.

Coverage from Frank Erwin Center at the University of Texas in Austin (all times ET):

Friday, July 8:

3 p.m. - Live Singles #1
6 p.m. - Live Singles #2

Saturday, July 9:

{6 a.m. - Instant Encore Singles #1}
{9 a.m. - Instant Encore Singles #2}
3 p.m. - Live Doubles

Sunday, July 10:

{6 a.m. - Instant Encore Doubles}
{12 p.m. - Instant Encore Doubles}
3 p.m. - Live Singles #1
6 p.m. - Live Singles #2
{11 p.m. - Instant Encore Singles #2}

The United States and Spain have faced each other nine times in Davis Cup play, with the United States holding a 5-4 advantage. The Americans’ last victory against Spain came in 2007 when they defeated the Spaniards 4-1 in Winston-Salem, N.C. However, Spain won the two nations’ most recent meeting in the 2008 semifinal on Spanish soil. The United States has not lost a match on home soil since 2005, when Croatia defeated the team in the first round. The Americans enter this weekend’s match after a 4-1 victory over Chile in Santiago, Chile in the first round this past March. The United States leads all nations in Davis Cup championships, winning its 32nd title in 2007 with a 4-1 win against Russia, which it had not defeated since 1995.

Leading the United States is captain Jim Courier, who as a player helped the American squad win the Davis Cup in 1992 and 1995. This will be Courier’s first match at home as the U.S. Davis Cup captain, following the retirement of 10-year Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe last year. Mardy Fish is World No. 8 and comes into this weekend’s match after an impressive run at Wimbledon before losing to defending champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. World No. 10, Andy Roddick, also enters this weekend’s match after reaching the third round at Wimbledon before losing to Spanish Davis Cup rival Feliciano Lopez. The world’s top-ranked doubles team, twin brother Bob and Mike Bryan, continue to be the world’s most dominant pair; capturing their eleventh Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon.

Spain enters this weekend’s matchup after a 4-1 victory over Belgium in the first round. Spain, the two-time defending champion, has dominated the past decade with Davis Cup championships in 2000, 2004, 2008 and, most recently, in 2009 when it defeated the Czech Republic 5-0 in Barcelona. The team is captained by Albert Costa and features World No. 6 David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, and Marcel Granollers. Tennis Channel ( is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, DIRECTV and DISH Network.


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