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Thursday, September 4, 2008
No surprises: Roddick, Blake, Bryan brothers on Davis Cup team


NEW YORK -- Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick will lead holders the United States against Spain in the Davis Cup semifinals in Madrid later this month.

The world No. 8 will be joined by James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan for the Sept. 19-21 clash.

U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said it had been an easy decision to pick the team.

"I feel like it's a bit of deja vu because it's no surprises, it's the same four guys," McEnroe told a news conference at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

McEnroe said Mardy Fish, who reached this year's U.S. Open quarterfinals, and Sam Querrey, who made the last 16, had not come into his reckoning this time.

"Not for this match," he added. "Obviously, I'm happy to see these guys do well but for this match it wasn't difficult."

The tie will be played outdoors on clay and, with Spain set to be led by world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, McEnroe said it was a difficult assignment for his team.

"They [Spain] are big favorites," he said. "It's going to be 25,000 people in a bullring and, obviously, they have got great players, and possibly the greatest clay-court player of all time [Nadal].

"The pressure is off us in some ways. I don't think people expect us to win, so I will just tell the guys to enjoy it and we'll see what happens," he said.