MADRID, Spain — Doubles players Mardy Fish and Mike Bryan did their part to keep the United States' hopes of defending its Davis Cup title alive against Spain on Saturday.
Now it's Andy Roddick's turn.
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Fish and Bryan rallied to beat Spanish duo Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to give the U.S. its first semifinals point on the clay at Las Ventas bullfighting arena after being swept in Friday's singles play.
With Spain leading 2-1 and looking to reach its sixth final, the pressure falls squarely on Roddick and his decisive match against Rafael Nadal in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday.
"I'm not worried. (Andy) knows what he has to do, he's been in this position many times before," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said.
The U.S. has won the Davis Cup 32 times, but it has only rallied back from a 1-2 deficit five times. A Roddick victory would make fifth-ranked David Ferrer's match against Sam Querrey the decisive one. The winning team will face either Argentina or Russia, with the Argentines leading their semifinal in Buenos Aires 2-1.
Roddick is 10-4 when playing the fourth match in Davis Cup play. But he has never beaten a player ranked higher than him in three previous tries.
On Sunday, Roddick will have to contend not only with the four-time French Open champion but a raucous 21,000 fans who are welcoming Nadal back this weekend for the first time since he won Wimbledon and the Olympic gold medal.
"Rafa worries me a lot more than the crowd. I think Andy probably feels the same way," McEnroe said. "We're playing the best clay-court player in the world, but he's got a chance."
Roddick exchanged words with Spain captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario toward the end of his five-set defeat to Ferrer on Friday following some jeering from the crowd.
"Perhaps Roddick is used to winning the games when he reaches the fifth set, so I don't think that's a matter of the public," Sanchez Vicario said. "If tomorrow he's thinking of the public, I think that's a mistake. He needs to think about Rafa."
McEnroe said the emotional Roddick will be ready.
"Sure he got a little frustrated in the fifth against Ferrer, but he's a competitor, that's normal," McEnroe said.