Andy Roddick came up big for the
United States once again. The American used a blistering serve to
help dominate Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
for the clinching victory in the best-of-five Davis Cup
quarterfinal against France.
Roddick lost only 13 points on his serve while improving to
10-and-0 in clinching situations for the U.S.
A day after a loss by the Number-1 doubles team of Bob and Mike
Bryan kept France's hopes alive, Roddick was never threatened in
giving the Americans an insurmountable 3-1 lead.
He wrapped up the sixth straight Davis Cup victory for the U.S.,
including last year's win over Russia in the final, with an ace
down the middle on the hard indoor court in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. He and his teammates then made a lap around the court
with the American flag.
Next up for the U.S. is a September road matchup against Rafael
Nadal and Spain, which almost certainly will be
contested on slow clay.