Davis Cup roundup: Roddick lifts U.S. past Chile and into quarters
Andy Roddick's 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-3 win vs. Paul Capdeville put the U.S. by Chile
The Americans advance to play Spain in the quarterfinals in July in the U.S.
Defending champion Serbia knocked off India behind Viktor Troicki's victory
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Andy Roddick showed why he's the go-to guy when the United States needs to close out a Davis Cup tie.
Roddick defeated Paul Capdeville 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3 Sunday, giving the United States an insurmountable 3-1 lead in its 4-1 victory over Chile in the first-round Davis Cup World Group series.
Roddick improved 12-0 in matches that can clinch a Davis Cup matchup for the U.S. and is 33-11 overall in 24 ties since 2001.
"It's always sweet, and every time you clinch one you think it's the sweetest," Roddick said. "I think it's also pretty satisfactory when everything is stacked against you - you got the (clay) court, the crowd. It's a mental grind and you have to try and ignore everything."
John Isner finished off the 4-1 victory with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 win over Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz in the meaningless second reverse singles. It was Isner's first win in four Davis Cup singles matches. He has two wins in doubles.
The victory was the first for new U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier, who played on the 1992 and 1995 winning Davis Cup squads.
"I like the way all of our guys responded to adversity out there," he said. "John's match was a very important match for us as a team to have him go out there and battle through and have him win in singles."
The U.S. and Chile could have abandoned the dead-rubber fifth match under a new Davis Cup rule because the first reverse singles match went four sets, but Isner and Rivera-Aranguiz elected to play.
"It was important for him to come out of this not just feeling he had a win, but that he played his tennis in that last match," Courier said. "And the same thing for Andy, in that match today he played a better brand of his tennis against a guy who probably had the best weekend of his career."
The Americans advanced to the quarterfinals and will play at home in July against Rafael Nadal and Spain, 4-1 winners over Belgium this weekend. Roddick's hometown of Austin, Texas, is being considered as the host, along with San Antonio and Albany, N.Y.
The U.S. team last played a home series in March 2009, beating Switzerland 4-1 in Birmingham, Ala.
"I think it's been no secret that I've wanted that (to play in Austin), so I certainly appreciate the effort put forward and hopefully we can get it," Roddick said. "It would be a dream come true to play at home a really cool experience.
"A guy named Rafa coming to town will provide a little bit of energy. It's as good a second round as I've ever seen. Any place will be good, as I'm just happy it will be on U.S. soil."
In the other first-round World Group series Sunday, defending champion Serbia handled India 4-1, Argentina closed out a 4-1 victory over Romania, Russia salvaged two matches in a 3-2 defeat to Sweden, Germany beat Croatia 3-2 when Philipp Petzschner outlasted Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), France ousted Austria 3-2, and Andrey Golubev and Mikhail Kukushkin lifted Kazakhstan to a 3-2 upset of the Czech Republic.
The No. 165th-ranked Capdeville was behind a break in the first set when he broke serve in the sixth and eighth games to go ahead 5-3 and serve out the set in the ninth game.
The No. 8-ranked Roddick patiently waited for his opportunity to pull away from Capdeville in the second set tiebreaker, taking a 5-0 lead.
"I wanted to make a boxing match out there," Roddick said of his strategy against Capdeville. "I wanted to take his legs out first and foremost."
Capdeville had little to give in the third set, and failed to convert two break-point chances while trailing 2-4 in the fourth.
Capdeville saved one match point on his serve in the eighth game, but couldn't stop Roddick from closing out the match on his serve with a forehand crosscourt winner on his second match point.
"I thought the Chilean team showed a lot of character this weekend," Roddick said. "They competed very hard. They never gave an inch and made us earn our victory."
CHARLEROI, Belgium (AP) -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat Olivier Rochus 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to turn Spain's domination over Belgium into a 4-1 win, one day after it qualified for the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup.
After Nadal's second victory of the weekend, Steve Darcis won Belgium's only point, beating Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3).
Nadal's outing on Sunday gave him more practice ahead of next week's BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells when he will play his first ATP event since injuring his left thigh during the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
Nadal helped Spain get off to a nice start on Friday, posting a straight-set win over Ruben Bemelmans. Both Rochus and Bemelmans are ranked outside the top 100.
Spain will be at the United States in the next round of the Davis Cup from July 8-10.
NOVI SAD, Serbia (AP) -- Defending champion Serbia reached the Davis Cup quarterfinals by beating India in their first-round series Sunday.
Viktor Troicki defeated Somdev Devvarman 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 for an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie. Serbia will next play Sweden away.
Serbia was without its top player as Novak Djokovic skipped the match to prepare for tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, citing fatigue after winning the Australia Open and Dubai titles in recent weeks.
Serbia defeated France in last year's final.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Philipp Petzschner lifted Germany into the Davis Cup quarterfinals Sunday, defeating Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) in the decisive match of their first-round series.
Karlovic set the record for the world's fastest serve during the doubles match on Saturday, but couldn't hold on to his serve in the opening game of the first set, and then during the two tiebreakers.
Earlier, Marin Cilic gave Croatia a hope of qualifying by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (6) to even the series at 2-2.
Cilic converted five of 12 break points, and lost his serve only once while leading 2-0 in the third set. Kohlschreiber trailed 7-6 in the third set tiebreaker, hitting an easy volley out.
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