U.S. finishes off Davis Cup sweep of host Swiss|
Fribourg, Switzerland (Sports Network) - The United States had already
clinched a victory over host Switzerland in their best-of-five Davis Cup tie
before capping off the weekend on Sunday with two more singles wins in a 5-0
sweep in Fribourg.
The 32-time champion Americans will meet France in the quarterfinals in April
after France finished off Canada later in the day.
On Sunday at Forum Fribourg, Ryan Harrison topped Swiss Michael Lammer 7-6
(7-0), 7-6 (7-4) and Fridays' hero John Isner doused Marco Chiudinelli 6-3,
6-4 in a pair of dead rubbers, as Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka
and top American Mardy Fish were replaced in Day 3's reverse singles.
The U.S., captained by former world No. 1 Jim Courier, clinched the stunning
victory here on Saturday when its doubles tandem of Mike Bryan and Mardy
Fish defeated a Swiss pairing of Federer and Wawrinka in four sets. Federer
and Wawrinka were the Olympic gold medal winners in Beijing four years ago.
Switzerland entered this weekend's tie with Federer anchoring its squad at
home on clay. However, the 16-time Grand Slam champion was on the losing end
twice in less than 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, Fish gave the Americans the first point by gutting out a five-
set win over Wawrinka, before Isner did the unthinkable with one of the
greatest upsets in Davis Cup history, as he shocked Federer in four sets.
Isner is best known for playing in the longest-ever Grand Slam match two
years ago at Wimbledon.
The Americans are 3-1 all-time against Switzerland. The lone Swiss win in the
series came 11 years ago in the only previous matchup in Switzerland.
02/12 19:30:10 ET