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Andy and company were absent from the sidelines for the early going as James
Blake took on Feliciano Lopez. The play seemed half-hearted much of the time,
reflecting Feliciano's usual aloof manner and James's way of quiet
concentration. But the gallery stayed active, keeping the competitors to their task and
enjoying many fine moments. Blake won the first set comfortably, replying well
to Lopez's difficult serving, and won the second set in a tiebreaker to
complete the U.S. team victory, four matches to one.
It had been a glorious weekend for American tennis, and a fine demonstration
of dedication and loyalty by the American players. Keeping the fire
lighted amid unfailing sportsmanship and decency is testimony to the character of
the U.S. captain, Patrick McEnroe.