NEW YORK — Without Andy Roddick or Mardy Fish, the U.S. Davis Cup team will count on a roster of John Isner, Sam Querrey and twins Bob and Mike Bryan for its semifinal Sept. 14-16 at Spain.
U.S. captain Jim Courier announced the team Tuesday at the U.S. Open.
Roddick announced last week that he will retire after the year's last Grand Slam tournament. Fish withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday after a health scare, although Courier said it already had been decided before the tournament that Fish would not be part of the team facing Spain on red clay.
Spain will be missing 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who will be out at least two more months because of a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.
Switzerland, not surprisingly, picked Roger Federer to be on its team for a Davis Cup relegation playoff at the Netherlands next week.
Federer said last weekend he doesn’t know whether he will be at the matches.
FRIENDS AND FOES: Teammates one afternoon, opponents the next, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci exchanged glances and giggles while sitting side-by-side for a news conference after reaching the U.S. Open doubles semifinals.
When a reporter asked about the Italians’ singles quarterfinal against each other, scheduled for Wednesday, Errani interrupted.
“Hey, it’s a news conference with both of us here,” she protested kiddingly, then added in a sarcastic voice: “Go ahead, ask her how she’ll play tomorrow.”
Vinci then pretended to start running through her strategy – “topspin backhands; I’ll stand 7 meters behind the baseline” – and Errani interrupted again: “Come on, you can’t ask us questions about that!”
Their 6-2, 7-6 (2) victory over Germans Julia Goerges and Kveta Peschke assured Errani of moving up to No. 1 in the WTA doubles rankings, with Vinci at No. 2. Errani and Vinci won the French Open doubles title in June.
SPANIARD ADVANCES: Fourth-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the quarterfinals Tuesday, coming back from an hour-long rain delay to close out a 7-5, 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory over No. 13 Richard Gasquet.
Ferrer joined Nadal as the second Spanish player to make the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slams in one year.