The draw for this weekendâ€™s Davis Cup World Group Semifinal between the United States and Spain was held on Thursday in Gijon, Spain. Here are some quotes from the United States team’s news conference:
U.S. DAVIS CUP CAPTAIN JIM COURIER
On playing in Gijon and facing a tough Spanish teamâ€¦
The stadium is very well done; the facilities are wonderful for us. We have had a very good practice week. I think the hometown, Spain, is the favorite. They are a fantastic team; they could make three or four Davis cup teams that would be very good, considering how many players they have. But we are here to play, we are here to compete and we will take our chances here this weekend.
We are expecting a very difficult battle. That is what all these matches, whether is it home or away, are about, it is about getting ready, getting set and letting fire.
On facing Spain in their home countryâ€¦
Our team has played in some tough environments before and we expect a tough environment tomorrow, but at the same time we know it is going to be a lot of fun. I am just going to go out there and try to enjoy it. It is going to be a good challenge and it is going to be in front of a big crowd. I donâ€™t think it is going to be anything Iâ€™m not used to.
They have two guys who are top ten in the world playing this tie. The team is so deep.
On playing for the U.S. in Davis Cup for the first time since 2010â€¦
It is really exciting to be back on the team. It has been a few years since I played back in 2010. I was out last year with elbow surgery but I have come back and I feel like I am playing really well. I am excited to be part of this team and I am really looking forward to it. The handful of Davis Cup teams I have played in the past have been really fun, it is exciting to play on a team every now and then.
On opening up the tie tomorrow in the first singles rubberâ€¦
I didnâ€™t really have a preference playing first or second. Either way David Ferrer is a tough player, it is going to be a tough match.
On facing Granollers and Lopez in the doubles rubberâ€¦
I am definitely expecting those two guys [Granollers and Lopez] to out there. They are one of the best teams in the world. They have won a Masters on clay, they have played us tough, a couple times. They had match point against us in Toronto. There is going to be no surprises, we know we have our hands full. We are practicing hard, we feel good, riding some confidence from a good summer, as are they. It is whoever plays better and executes on the day is going to win.
On facing Spain in doubles and playing away tiesâ€¦
We have a pretty good record on the road.Â We treat all these road ties as Grand Slam finals. We played every road tie on clay and we are pretty comfortable on clay. We have good game plans coming in playing a lot of clay court players and we are playing another really good clay court team. This could be our toughest away tie match, as it is against a top five team in the world.
As Bob said, we are going to have to execute, we will treat it just like we did the US Open final a week ago. Davis Cup matches are huge for us.
Friday, 12 p.m.
Singles A:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sam Querrey (USA) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)
Singles B:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â John Isner (USA) vs. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Doubles:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) vs. Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP)*
Sunday, 12 p.m.
Singles C:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â John Isner (USA) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)
Singles D:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Matches will be streamed for free live on USTA.com. Matches will also be televised live on Tennis Channel with Fridayâ€™s singles matches airing at 6 a.m. ET, Saturdayâ€™s doubles match airing at 8 a.m., and Sundayâ€™s singles matches airing at 6 a.m.