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The U.S. got cracking in Caracas
Joe Jares
November 22, 1976
IN RECENT YEARS OUR DAVIS CUP TEAMS HAVE HAD SOME UPSETTING EXPERIENCES AGAINST LATIN COUNTRIES, BUT LAST WEEK THE AMERICANS EASILY BEAT VENEZUELA TO SET THE STAGE FOR A CRUCIAL MATCH WITH MEXICO
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November 22, 1976

The U.s. Got Cracking In Caracas

IN RECENT YEARS OUR DAVIS CUP TEAMS HAVE HAD SOME UPSETTING EXPERIENCES AGAINST LATIN COUNTRIES, BUT LAST WEEK THE AMERICANS EASILY BEAT VENEZUELA TO SET THE STAGE FOR A CRUCIAL MATCH WITH MEXICO

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They were too much for Andrew Hose, although McNair was jittery at first and never did get a lot of first serves in. The U.S. won 8-6, 6-3, 6-4 without too many tense moments. The highlight of the match came in the first set when the U.S. fought off three set points with Andrew serving, broke to tie at 6-6 and went on to win.

On Sunday Hose, who looks overweight but is used to playing in hot weather on the Caribbean circuit, defeated Stockton in a three-hour-plus match, 6-4, 3-6, 11-9, 9-7. In the final singles match, Gerulaitis downed Andrew 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

The next Davis Cup match for the U.S. will be in December in Tucson, during a tournament lull when all of America's pros should be available in case Trabert calls. He will likely need whoever is playing the best because the opponent will be Mexico and its tough Raul Ramirez, who would like nothing better than to send Trabert home to L.A. by swimming around the tip of Baja California.

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