Fish suggested both players might have an easier time on another surface. "He (Falla) hits the ball flat and I think he would have preferred a hard court," Fish said. "We both would have preferred to play on a hard court. Maybe the tennis would be a little bit better." The statistical categories were nearly even for the two, though Fish had a clear edge in aces - 8-1.
The Americans also may have the edge in history. The United States is 178-17 when winning the first match in a Davis Cup tie. "The first set of both matches was pretty rough for us," McEnroe said. "We practiced well all week, but you can't simulate match conditions. Moving forward I think we're in good shape now that the guys have gotten a match under their belts at the altitude."