Cohesive unit unites U.S. Davis Cup team
History has shown that being on the U.S Davis Cup team doesn't equate to being great teammates. But the foursome Patrick McEnroe has assembled for the last two years couldn't be a tighter bunch -- on and off the court.
There will be banners and bunting festooning Portland Memorial Coliseum this weekend, costume jewelry for this old battle axe of an arena where the U.S. team will host Russia in the first Davis Cup final on home hard court since 1992.
A color guard will march out before the matches on each of the three days and national anthems will be sung, and the four U.S. players who have formed an unusually cohesive unit these last few years will stand at attention in navy blue and white outfits, distinguished ...
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DAVIS CUP FINAL
The United States hosts Russia in the Davis Cup final, which begins Friday in Portland, Ore. Russia is the defending champ, while the U.S. is trying to win its first Davis Cup title since beating Russia in 1995.
ScheduleSite: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Friday: Singles, 4 p.m. ET
Saturday: Doubles, 3:30 p.m. ET
Sunday: Reverse Singles, 4 p.m. ET
News• Blake, U.S. wrap up title run with win
• Bryans clinch title with straight-sets win
• Roddick, Blake give U.S. 2-0 lead
• Davydenko left out of singles for final
• Barr: Davydenko to turn over phone records
• Safin out of Davis Cup final
• Rosters announced for finals
Analysis• Ford: Total team effort in clinching Cup
• Ford: A luxury few can afford
• Ford: Biggest win of Blake's career
• Ford: Fireworks have already begun in Portland
• Drucker: Q&A with Gorman, Gullikson
• Numbers favor United States in Davis Cup final
• Ford: Russian roster set or is it?
• Drucker: Five great Davis Cup moments
• Ford: Captain America
• Ford: Team USA's camaraderie
• Davydenko's stormy season
Video• Weekend recap
• Cup back in the U.S.
• Roddick, Blake have U.S.on the verge
• Bud's breakdown
• McEnroe excited to face Russia
Photo Gallery• 2007 Davis Cup
Chats• Bonnie D. Ford chat wrap, Saturday
• Bonnie D. Ford chat wrap, Friday
• Bonnie D. Ford, Thursday
• Bonnie D. Ford, Wednesday
• Dmitry Tursunov
• Bonnie D. Ford, Tuesday
Blogs• Top Davis Cup dogs
• Draw could be the key
• Unlimited replay a good thing
• Roddick's real focus