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Blake, Ginepri join Roddick on Davis Cup team

9/13/2005 - Tennis

NEW YORK -- James Blake and Robby Ginepri will join Andy
Roddick on the U.S. Davis Cup team for its match in Belgium later
this month.

Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe also selected doubles
specialists Bob and Mike Bryan for the Sept. 23-25 match in Leuven,
Belgium.

"We expect a tough match in Belgium on clay," McEnroe said
Wednesday. "Andy has been the stalwart of the team and the Bryans
have been clutch in doubles for us lately. James and Robby have
stepped up this summer and are playing exceptional tennis."

Ginepri is unbeaten in two Davis Cup singles matches. Blake is
8-3 in Davis Cup play, including a 5-2 record in singles and 3-1 in
doubles. The two have made impressive runs at the Open, with the
unseeded Ginepri advancing to the semifinals by beating Guillermo
Coria in five sets Wednesday.

Blake played Andre Agassi in another quarterfinal Wednesday
night.

"Coming into the Open, I was leaning toward Robby and James,"
McEnroe said. "And what's happened here has obviously just
reconfirmed that."

Agassi had said earlier he wouldn't play. The 35-year-old lost
in the first round of the French Open after a herniated disc in his
back shot pain down his right leg, and he didn't play again until
the end of July.

Healthy again, he is wary of chancing it on another clay
surface.

"He doesn't want to take that risk at this point, which I
certainly understand," McEnroe said. "The other guys have stepped
up. I feel as good as I felt going in with the second guy as I've
felt in a while."

The match is key for the United States. The winner remains in
the World Group, the only 16 nations actually competing for the
Cup, while the loser drops down to zonal play next year. The United
States has beaten Belgium in all three of their previous meetings.

Young one
Even Donald Young was impressed with his 131 mph
serve.

"I couldn't play after that," the 16-year-old said.

He did, of course, and his 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory Wednesday over
David Navarrete of Venezuela put the tournament's top-seeded player
into the third round of the U.S. Open junior boys event. Young next
plays Matt Bruch of Lake Forest, Ill.

Until Wednesday's match, Young's fastest serve had been 124 mph,
clocked on his way to the Wimbledon semifinals.

A native of Chicago who now lives in Atlanta, the young
left-hander had problems explaining his slow start against
Navarrete.

"I was really nervous in the beginning," he said. "I couldn't
get any balls in play."

But his forehand turned the tide. After the first set, Young
dominated play, moving his opponent around and passing him whenever
he dared to venture to the net.

Young has yet to win a match on the men's professional tour,
where he is overpowered by bigger players.

"When I'm up on them, they play better," Young said of the
pros he's met. "When I was up two set points in my pro match, they
had two big serves. ... In the juniors I get a lot of balls back
and make them play."

By winning the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 18s, Young was
awarded a wild card into the main draw of this year's U.S. Open. It
was a short stay, as he was ousted in straight sets in the opening
round by Italy's Giorgio Galimberti.

He's hoping for a much longer stay in the juniors.

Say you're sorry
Nicolas Massu wants an apology from
Guillermo Coria.

"If Coria comes to me with an apology, I will talk to him, but
I will tell him that he was wrong," Massu said after arriving home
in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday.

Coria and Massu verbally sparred during a changeover in the
fifth set of their 4½-hour, fourth-round match on Monday. Coria
gestured and said something to Massu, who walked toward the
Argentinian before Grand Slam supervisor Mike Morrissey stepped
between the two.

Both downplayed the incident after the match. But when pressed,
Coria said Massu accused him of faking an injury. Coria said he
told Massu to sit down.

Massu said Coria's coach apologized to him after the match.

Steady
When twins Bob and Mike Bryan defeated fellow
Americans Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday,
they became only the second team in the last 50 years to reach the
men's doubles final in all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same
year.

Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes of India played in all four
finals in 1999, winning the French Open and Wimbledon.

The Bryans are seeking their first Grand Slam title since
winning the French Open in 2003.

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