The draw has been held and the order of play set for the Davis Cup men's tennis final between Spain and the United States in the Spanish city of Seville. The U.S. team will have to overcome a Spanish team that has both the home crowd and the clay-court surface on its side.
Friday's opening singles matches feature American Mardy Fish battling Spain's Carlos Moya, while America's top player, Andy Roddick, takes on Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal.
Fish, the Athens Olympic silver medalist, says that he knows playing on the clay courts of Seville will be a challenge for the U.S. team, which is better suited to hard courts.
"You know we are probably going to have to stay out there for a long time," he said. "Mentally and physically that is pretty grueling and we are well aware of that. We came into this tie [best of five series] knowing the task and that's probably what we are going to have to accomplish."
Andy Roddick says that the choice of Rafael Nadal shows how deep the Spanish team is.
"Personally, I was expecting them to play Ferrero," he noted. "At the same time, I think our team knows that they have four very capable singles players. And that is one of their strengths, that they do have options and they can mix and match."
Saturday's doubles play pits Americans Bob and Mark Bryan against Nadal and Tommy Robredo. Sunday's reverse singles have Roddick facing Moya and Fish battling Nadal.
Spain is appearing in its third Davis Cup final in five seasons. The United States is trying to win its first Davis Cup crown since 1995.