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Mar
11

Argentina ties USA 1-1 as Isner loses to Capdeville.

Paul Capdeville pulls off possibly the biggest win of his career to stun John Isner and bring Chile level with USA at the end of the opening day. Capdeville fought back from 2-0 down to take the match to a decisive fifth set before sealing the first break of the match to lead 5-4 and then promptly served it out. The first 4 sets were all decided by tiebreaks. The Chilean is ranked 133 places below Isner in the rankings.

Andy Roddick has given the USA the early advantage aganst Chile in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. The world No. 8 took two hours 49 minutes to get past Nicolas Massu 62 46 63 64 in very hot conditions. Roddick opened up a 3-1 lead in the first set and then claimed it when Massu double faulted while serving to try and stay in the set. The Chilean managed to shake off that disappointment with a quick start in the second set. He broke Roddick in the first game, then the American sent a backhand wide to face break point before rifling a forehand wide on the next point to lose the game.

That was all the crowd needed to find its voice and they began to cheer with their national chant which grew louder as the points progressed. However, in the eighth game Roddick was given a chance to level things. Massu was up 40-0 but Roddick forged back and held two break points, but he was not able to convert and two games later Chile had levelled the first rubber. Roddick was not dejected and he continued to strike the ball with precision. He went up 4-2 against with Massu double faulting in the sixth game and after a hotly disputed call by Massu and the Chilean captain Hans Gildemeister in the ninth game, Roddick once again had the advantage.

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