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U.S. trying to make the best of a scrambled situation

Despite the downright nasty atmosphere of a 20,000-seat bullfighting venue in Madrid, and Rafael Nadal's dominance on red clay, the U.S. hasn't waved the white flag in its Davis Cup tie versus Spain.

Updated: September 18, 2008, 2:59 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MADRID -- Sam Querrey politely declined an invitation to be a hitting partner at the Davis Cup finals last November. He'd been there and done that a couple times already and, as a young pro still feeling his way along, he felt his game would be better served by sticking to his offseason workout plan.

Next time I come, Querrey told U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, I'd like to start -- whether that's in a few months or a few years.

There were no hard feelings. Even ...

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