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Isner Defeats Federer, U.S. Leads Switzerland 2-0 in Davis Cup

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The American doubles team of Ryan Harrison and Mike Bryan will try to clinch a Davis Cup victory today against Switzerland after John Isner defeated Roger Federer yesterday to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.

Isner’s 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory, on an indoor clay court in Fribourg, Switzerland, followed a 4 1/2-hour win by Mardy Fish against Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7 in first-round play.

Harrison and Bryan will face Federer and Wawrinka in the doubles match as the U.S. tries to clinch the best-of-five series.

Serbia, Argentina, Spain, the Czech Republic and Austria also hold 2-0 leads after the first day of play in World Group matches, the top tier of the leading team event in men’s tennis.

Croatia and Japan are tied 1-1, as are Canada and France, after the opening day. Doubles matches are set for today in all the contests, with two more singles matches tomorrow.

Fish, ranked No. 8 in the world, came back to beat Wawrinka in 4 hours, 26 minutes. The American lost a match point at 5-4 in the deciding set before taking the victory six games later.

Isner, ranked No. 17 on the ATP World Tour, followed with his first career victory in three matches against third-ranked Federer. The U.S. team, which has a record 32 Davis Cup championships, last won the tournament in 2007 and is 2-1 in the series against Switzerland.

Serbia is leading Sweden 2-0 behind victories from No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic and No. 22 Viktor Troicki, while Argentina has a 2-0 lead against Germany following wins from No. 23 Juan Monaco and David Nalbandian.

Defending champion Spain took a 2-0 lead against Kazakhstan on victories by Juan Carlos Ferrero and Nicolas Almagro. The Spanish team has won five titles since 2000, more than any other country in that span.

Jurgen Melzer and Andreas Haider-Maurer gave Austria a 2-0 lead against Russia. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek won for the Czech Republic against Italy.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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