Federer to face Isner in Davis Cup singles

Fribourg (Switzerland): Roger Federer will face John Isner in the second singles match on Friday when Switzerland take on the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Switzerland`s 28th-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka opens the series against eighth-ranked Mardy Fish on the indoor clay courts at 7,000-capacity Fribourg Forum.

Isner lost both matches he played Federer, each time on hard courts, and said he aims to serve well and play quick points.

"I don`t want to be getting in 15-ball rallies with Roger from the baseline `cause that probably won`t bode well for me," the 17th-ranked Isner said. "I`m going to need to play aggressive, play-first strike tennis and see how it goes."

Fish, who has a 2-0 career record against Wawrinka, is satisfied to be opening the series.

"I would prefer to play first. On a team note, I would like to try to get the team off to a good start," Fish said.

In Sunday`s scheduled reverse singles, the third-ranked Federer is set to face Fish, followed by Wawrinka against Isner.

US captain Jim Courier will give 19-year-old Ryan Harrison a Davis Cup debut on Saturday, partnering Mike Bryan in doubles against Federer and Wawrinka, who won Olympic gold in doubles in Beijing.

Still, that plan could alter depending how deep Fish and Isner go in their singles matches.

"We`ll see as we go," Courier said. "That`s the team we are nominating now, but certainly things can change given whatever happens (Friday)."

Bryan`s twin brother, Bob, is unavailable after his first child was born last week.

The US has a 2-1 edge on Switzerland in Davis Cup encounters, though each series went with home advantage on hard courts.

The Americans` dream team of Courier, Andre Aggasi, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras won the 1992 final played at Fort Worth, Texas, and a first-round series when Federer was unavailable in 2009 at Birmingham, Alabama.

A 19-year-old Federer won all three of his rubbers to lead the Swiss to victory in a 2001 first-round match in his home city Basel.

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