USA's Davis Cup Game Plan Went Up in Smoke

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USA's Davis Cup Game Plan Went Up in Smoke
Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, a Davis Cup truism kicked in and played an outsized role in determining the outcome of a tie -- in this case, the clash of the U.S. and Serbia in Boise, Idaho, this weekend. The motto? Beware the doubles. Going into the tie, the skinny was that with No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic on board for Serbia, the U.S. needed to win both singles matches against Serbia's No. 2, Viktor Troicki. The apparent (and only rational) game plan basically rested on a Day 1 split, followed by a doubles win by the ultra-reliable Bryan brothers that would leave the home team up 2-1 going into the final two matches...

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