U.S. hoping to reverse recent history in Sweden

An ideal surface. Two top-10 players. The world's No. 1 doubles team. Is there any reason to think host Sweden stands a chance against the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals? One look at history and the answer is a resounding yes.

Updated: September 18, 2007, 5:29 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

It's a familiar script. The United States Davis Cup team is favored to beat Sweden on fast indoor carpet in this weekend's best-of-five semifinals on the road.

The visitors boast two top 10 players and the world's best doubles team. The injury-riddled home team is minus its top singles player and may have to tap a guy who hasn't played since January, not to mention throwing a 35-year-old veteran into both singles and doubles.

The result would seem like a foregone conclusion, ...

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