Roddick has never faced Chiudinelli. Blake is 0-2 versus Wawrinka; however both losses occurred on claycourts.
Needless to say with Federer's withdrawal, the Americans' odds for victory were dramatically increased. Saturday, the USA will face Switzerland in doubles and then finally in reverse singles on Sunday in the best of five matches competition.
“I think after Roger pulled out, for sure we’re not the favorites any more,” Swiss captain Severin Luthi said. “We’re the outsiders, but we’re comfortable in this situation. For sure we didn’t come here to lose. We’re going to do the maximum and try to win this tie.”
This is the third meeting between the two countries with the USA defeating Switzerland in the 1992 final. Switzerland beat the USA in the first round in 2001.
The Davis Cup - First Round – March 6-8
United States versus Switzerland
James Blake (USA) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
Andy Roddick (USA) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Yves Allegro/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
Andy Roddick (USA) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
James Blake (USA) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)