Sam Querrey won a five-set match over Viktor Troicki of Serbia to give the U.S. team a 1-1 tie after the first day of a best-of-five Davis Cup quarterfinal in Boise, Idaho.
U.S. is even with Serbia
Sam Querrey posted a 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Viktor Troicki of Serbia to give the United States a split of opening-day singles matches in their best-of-five Davis Cup quarterfinal Friday in Boise, Idaho.
In the first match, Novak Djokovic — the top-ranked player in the world — beat 23rd-ranked John Isner 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-5 at Taco Bell Arena.
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Querrey, ranked 20th, outlasted No. 44 Troicki in 3 hours, 20 minutes.
Querrey had 63 winners, compared with 41 for Troicki. Querrey made 82 unforced errors, 20 more than Troicki.
Djokovic made 10 unforced errors, compared with 37 for Isner.
There is a doubles match Saturday, and the event concludes with reverse singles Sunday.
Americans Bob and Mike Bryan are ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles.
Serena to play Venus
Top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus each won twice to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals in Charleston, S.C., setting up their first sibling showdown since 2009.
A 7 ½-hour rain delay Thursday resulted in a busy Friday for the Williams sisters.
Serena has a 13-10 lead in matches against Venus, ranked 24th.
Stephanie Voegele of Switzerland beat second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a quarterfinal match.
Davis gets extension
Right tackle Anthony Davis signed a five-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers. The deal is worth more than $37 million, with $17 million guaranteed.
Davis, 23, has started 16 games in each of his first three seasons.
Akers, Lions have deal
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Akers, 38, was released by San Francisco last month. He was 9 of 19 on attempts of 40 yards or longer last season.
Raiders waive McClain
The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Rolando McClain, less than three years after drafting him eighth in the first round to be the future centerpiece of their defense.
Ex-Alabama standout McClain, 23, had his role significantly reduced last year, was suspended for two games for conduct detrimental to the team and did not play the final five games of the season.
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Abby Wambach scored her 155th international goal, but the U.S. team wasted a late two-goal lead and tied Germany 3-3 in an exhibition in Offenbach, Germany.
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