Not a shocker..... PMac went with Mardy. but I'm thrilled for him, so yay
I think he will come through.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla., March 29, 2004 – The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe today announced that reigning US Open champion Andy Roddick, the world No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, and Mardy Fish will represent the United States against Sweden in the 2004 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinal. The U.S. continues its quest for its 32nd Davis Cup title with this best-of-five match series April 9-11 at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. Tickets for the event are available by calling (888) 484-USTA.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the world’s largest international team competition with 142 nations competing in 2004. The United States is part of the 16-team Davis Cup World Group, in which the Davis Cup champion is determined. The United States, Sweden, Argentina, Belarus, Switzerland, France, Spain and The Netherlands remain in contention for the 2004 Davis Cup title. The United States advanced into the quarterfinal with a 5-0 victory over Austria February 6-8 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
"I'm looking forward to another outstanding team effort from our guys against a tough team from Sweden," said McEnroe. "Our team is unified, excited with the challenge at hand and committed in our quest to bring the Davis Cup back to the United States for the first time since 1995."
Roddick, 21 and a resident of Boca Raton, Fla., is the reigning US Open men’s singles champion and world’s No. 3 player. In 2003, he won six singles titles and became the youngest American to finish the year ranked No. 1 in the world. A U.S. Davis Cup team member since 2001, Roddick brings a 10-3 career Davis Cup record into this quarterfinal match.
Fish, 21 and a resident of Tampa, Fla., is currently ranked a career high No. 17 in the ATP singles rankings and has been a U.S. Davis Cup team member since 2002. He holds a 2-3 career Davis Cup record (1-2 in singles) and won a heroic four-set victory over Karol Kucera in the 3-2 win for the United States over Slovakia last September in Bratislava, keeping the United States in the Davis Cup World Group for 2004. He won his first ATP singles title last year in Stockholm, Sweden.
Bob Bryan, 25 from Camarillo, Calif., made his Davis Cup debut last September in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff against Slovakia and holds a 2-0 Davis Cup record in doubles with his twin brother Mike Bryan. Bob and Mike won their first Grand Slam men’s doubles title at the 2003 French Open, becoming the most successful brother doubles team in the Open era of professional tennis. He and Mike Bryan have won 17 doubles titles as a team entering the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open. Bob also won the 2003 US Open mixed doubles title with Katarina Srebotnik.
Mike Bryan, 25 from Camarillo, Calif., won the 2002 US Open and 2003 French Open mixed doubles titles with Lisa Raymond, in addition to his 2003 French Open men’s doubles title with brother Bob. Mike has won 18 career ATP doubles titles and, with his brother, won a bronze medal in men’s doubles at the 1999 Pan American Games. The Bryans are the only sets of brothers to pair in victory for the United States Davis Cup team since the competition began in 1900.
Sweden, captained by 1988 US Open champion and world No. 1 Mats Wilander, upset defending Davis Cup champion Australia 4-1 in February’s first round in Adelaide, Australia. Representing Sweden in that series was reigning US Open doubles champion Jonas Bjorkman, former Australian Open finalist Thomas Enqvist and up-and-comers Joachim Johansson and Robin Soderling.
The rivalry between the United States and Sweden in Davis Cup dates to 1946, with the winner of the confrontation going on to win the Davis Cup championship nine of the 10 times the two nations have played. The United States leads the series 7-3, with Sweden sweeping the United States 5-0 in their last meeting at the 1997 Davis Cup World Group Final in Goteborg, Sweden.
Play on Friday, April 9 will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the first of two singles matches. Saturday’s play will consist of the doubles match beginning at 4 p.m., while Sunday’s final two reverse singles matches will begin at 2 p.m.