U.S. captain Jim Courier on Tuesday named the four-man team he will use against Serbia in the quarterfinal tie April 5-7 at Taco Bell Arena - singles players Sam Querrey and John Isner, and doubles team Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
This is the third straight Davis Cup tie featuring the same four U.S. players, who beat Brazil in February in Jacksonville, Fla.
"They're becoming our go-to squad at the moment," Courier said. " It's a very offensive-minded team. We have four guys that are pretty tall, big servers in general - big, offensive players who can compete and can beat anyone on tour."
Sam Querrey (world No. 20): The 25-year-old Californian resides in Las Vegas. He recently became the top-ranked American and is nearing his career-best ranking (17 in 2011), which was set before he underwent elbow surgery that year. He has seven tour titles and won the decisive match in the Americans' defeat of Brazil.
John Isner (23): The 27-year-old from North Carolina lives in Tampa, Fla. He's 6-foot-9 with a big serve that earned him fame in 2010, when he won a match at Wimbledon that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days - with a 70-68 score in the fifth set. He recorded 113 aces in that match and has finished first twice and second once in aces on tour over the past three seasons. He has five tour titles.
Bob, pictured on top, and Mike Bryan (No. 1, doubles): The 34-year-old twins from California both live in Florida. Both parents are tennis instructors. They have finished as the No. 1 doubles team eight of the past 10 years. They won a record 13th major doubles title this year at the Australian Open and an Olympic gold medal last summer. They're 20-3 in Davis Cup play.
Novak Djokovic (1): The 25-year-old lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He was the ATP Tour Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and he has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 since March 21, 2011. He won his sixth major this year at the Australian Open - extending his current dominance to five wins in the past nine Grand Slams.
Viktor Troicki (44): The 27-year-old lives in Belgrade, Serbia. He has finished in the top 40 for four straight years, with a career-best ranking of No. 12 in June 2011. He also won the decisive match for Serbia in the 2010 Davis Cup final. He could play three matches in Boise because the Serbians' No. 2 singles player (No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic) didn't think his body could handle the five-set Davis Cup matches.
Nenad Zimonjic (No. 19, doubles): The 36-year-old lives in Belgrade. He finished with the No. 1 doubles ranking in 2008 and in the top 10 from 2007 to 2011. He was part of the world's No. 2 doubles team from 2009 to 2011 and No. 1 team in 2008. He has three Grand Slam wins. For Davis Cup, he usually plays with Troicki.
Ilija Bozoljac (338): The 27-year-old lives in Belgrade. He never has cracked the top 100 and isn't likely to play in Boise unless the last match is irrelevant.
The expected singles matchups are Querrey-Troicki and Isner-Djokovic on April 5, and Querrey-Djokovic and Isner-Troicki on April 7. The Bryans likely will face Zimonjic and Troicki on April 6.
The order of the Friday matches (1:30 p.m) will be determined by draw. The Querrey-Djokovic match will lead off Sunday (noon). Saturday's doubles match begins at 1 p.m.
The first nation to win three best-of-five matches advances to the semifinals against Canada or Italy in September.
Text by Chadd Cripe/Statesman