Mardy Fish defeated Columbian Santiago Giraldo 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 in a four-plus-hour battle on Sunday to clinch a win for the United States against Colombia in the Davis Cup Playoff Round. Sunday's victory keeps the United States into the Davis Cup World Group in 2011 and eligible to win the Davis Cup title. It also sends U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe out in a winner in his final time as U.S. Captain.
Playing on a clay-court in a bullring in Bogota, Columbia, Fish accounted for all three points for the United States, combining to play 14 sets over 10 hours and 59 min. of playing time.
Fish became the first American to win three live matches in a single Davis Cup match since Pete Sampras accomplished the feat in the 1995 Davis Cup finals in Moscow. Ryan Harrison was scheduled to play the final “dead-rubber” match for the United States, but rain forced its cancellation, making the final score 3-1 for the United States. Had Harrison taken the court, he would have been the eighth youngest American to play in a Davis Cup match at the age of 18 years, four months and 12 days—one month younger than Andy Roddick was when he played his first Davis Cup match in McEnroe’s first tie as U.S. captain against Switzerland in 2001.