GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) _ The U.S. Davis Cup team is one step away
from capturing its first title since 1995. Andy Roddick powered his
way past Jonas Bjorkman (YOH'-nas BYORK'-mihn) 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to
give the Americans an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Sweden in their
Bjorkman replaced Thomas Johansson (yoh-HAHN'-suhn), who was
scratched from the first reverse singles due to an illness.
Johansson won the second singles Friday against James Blake.
Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan put Roddick in position to close it
out with yesterday's dominating doubles victory.
The U.S. will now play defending champion Russia for the title
in November. And the Americans will be hosting the final for the
first time since 1992. Russia defeated Germany 3-2 in the other
semifinal in Moscow.
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