Querrey pulls U.S. even in Davis Cup tie with Serbia

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Updated: April 5, 2013

Sam Querrey rallied for a five-set victory over
Viktor Troicki that enabled the United States to even their Davis Cup
quarterfinal showdown with Serbia at 1-1 after Friday’s first day of singles
play.

The Serbs had grabbed an early advantage after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic
posted a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-5 triumph over John Isner in the tie’s opening
match from Taco Bell Arena.

Troicki, subbing for injured world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, appeared on the
verge of putting Serbia up 2-0 in the best-of-five tie after taking two of the
first three sets against Querrey. The 6-foot-6 American dominated the fourth,
however, then fought back in the fifth to post a 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
decision that took three hours and 20 minutes to complete.

Up 5-4 in the final set, Querrey scored a critical break of Triocki before
serving out the match to improve to 3-0 in Davis Cup play this year.

Djokovic didn’t have an easy time either against the towering Isner, who
peeled off 17 aces in the match. The Serbian star was able to break Isner four
times, however, and claim a hard-fought first-set tiebreaker to prevail in
exactly two hours.

Play will resume Saturday with a doubles rubber between the outstanding
American twin Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, against a Serbian duo of
Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic. Sunday’s reverse singles call for the
Australian Open champion Djokovic to battle the 20th-ranked Querrey and the
world No. 23 Isner to take on the 44th-ranked Troicki.

Serbia topped the 32-time titlist U.S. 3-2 in Belgrade in an opening-
round tie three years ago in their lone previous Davis Cup meeting.

Team USA is captained by Jim Courier, while Bogdan Obradovic is guiding
the visiting Serbs.

The winner of this quarterfinal tie will meet the Canada-Italy victor in the
semifinals in September.