By: Brenden Campbell
The United States advanced to the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the third year in a row on Saturday, defeating Serbia for the first time ever in tournament play.
U.S. captain Jim Courier had to be pleased with his team’s performance, as the United States took advantage of a Serbian squad missing star player Novak Djokovic by winning the first three rubbers of the tie. Courier’s squad started strong by sweeping the reverse singles on day one. World #12 Sam Querrey defeated Lasio Djere 6-7(4) 6-2 7-5 6-4 followed by #18 John Isner’s five set defeat of Dusan Lajovic 6-4 6-7(7) 6-3 3-6 7-6(4). The doubles pairing of Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson sealed the victory on day 2, defeating Nikola Milojevic and Miljan Zekic 6-7(3) 6-2 7-5 6-4.
The Americans will move on to face Belgium in the quarterfinals, who are riding some recent Davis Cup success. Led by world #7 David Goffin, Belgium made it all the way to the 2017 finals before being eliminated by defending champion France, and defeated Hungary 3-2 in the first round of 2018 over the weekend. Goffin has put up outstanding numbers in Davis Cup, holding a career record of 23-6 since 2012. However, the United States have far more depth on their roster, making for an interesting matchup come April.