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By Akshay Kohli
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Having overcome a Switzerland team 5-0, which included heavyweights like Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, on clay in Fribourg we can see a renewed American outlook that believes it can do well on any surface. It will be Captain Jim Courier’s task to ensure that his players do not take a potentially stronger French team for granted. With
This team will be led by World No.11 John Isner along with talented youngster Ryan Harrison and the No.1 ranked team in the world, the Bryan brothers. USA would have had a major set back when their top player Mardy Fish withdrew with an injury, but they would be relying on the in-form Isner to win his singles rubbers as quite a bit depends on him.
The French team are looking for a third consecutive semifinal berth and with the entire original team
being in the Top-50, Guy Forget must be fairly confident about his team's success. A potentially tricky away tie to Canada in the first round was won with relative ease in a 4-1 victory led by two singles victories from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The French team will be spearheaded by Tsonga as the team will heavily rely on him. Along with him are Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra. Though Gael Monfils' withdrawal must have come as a big shock to the team, they are yet to announce his replacement.
There have been a total of 15 meetings between the two teams with the USA edging the series 8-7. The most recent meeting witnessed a win for the American’s on home soil following a trend whereby only twice has a visiting team come away with the win.
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