| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Ryan Harrison helped lead the United States to a victory over Belgium the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

 

The United States advanced to the Davis Cup semifinals this past weekend, downing Belgium 4-0 in a quarterfinal showdown in Nashville, Tennessee.

“It’s a big goal of ours to represent the country well and to put together a good Davis Cup performance,” said Ryan Harrison. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to play in the semifinals.”

Harrison was crucial to the United States’ victory this weekend. On Saturday, he paired with Jack Sock to beat Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 5-7, 7-6(1), 7-6(3), 6-4 in the third rubber, and then took to singles to defeat Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth rubber.

John Isner started things off for the Americans with a 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 6-4 win over Joris de Loore in the first rubber, and Sam Querrey extended the advantage with a 6-1, 7-6(5), 7-5 triumph over Bemelmans.

“We have an amazing group of young guys coming up, but we’re competitive, we want to hold our spots on this team,” Jack Sock said of the younger Americans pushing the experienced ones. “We want to try to duplicate what we’ve been able to do in the past with so many teams in Davis Cup with the U.S. We’re looking forward to the semis very much.”

The United States will square off against Croatia in the Davis Cup semifinals. Croatia defeated Kazakhstan 3-1 in its quarterfinal match this past weekend.