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Roddick gives U.S. 1-0 lead against host Chile



Santiago, Chile (Sports Network) - Playing his first Davis Cup tennis in two years, former world No. 1 star Andy Roddick handled Nicolas Massu in four sets on Friday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over host Chile in their first- round Davis Cup tie in Santiago.

The former world No. 1 Roddick posted a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 decision over the 31-year-old Massu on the red clay at National Stadium. The former U.S. Open titlist Roddick prevailed in 2 hours, 49 minutes, as he tallied four service breaks, compared to only one for the loser Massu.

The 28-year-old Roddick decided against playing Davis Cup last year, as the U.S. lost to eventual champion Serbia in the first round. The five-time Grand Slam finalist is second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history with 32 singles wins.

Towering American John Isner is currently battling Paul Capdeville in the second opening singles rubber.

Saturday's doubles will pit American stalwarts Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan against a Chilean tandem of Massu and Jorge Aguilar, while Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Roddick against Capdeville and the 6-foot-9 Isner versus Massu, who was an Olympic gold medalist in both singles and doubles for Chile in 2004 in Athens.

Former world No. 1 star Jim Courier is a first-year captain for team USA, which was led by Patrick McEnroe the previous 10 years.

Team Chile is captained by Hans Gildemeister.

The 32-time champion United States is a perfect 4-0 all-time versus Chile. The two nations last met in the 2006 quarterfinals in Rancho Mirage, California, where the U.S. won 3-2 behind two singles victories by Roddick and a doubles win by the twin Bryan brothers.

Chile has never won the Davis Cup.

The USA-Chile winner will face either Spain or Belgium in the quarterfinals in July.

03/04 13:53:27 ET