Andy Roddick speaks about the match that changed his life



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Andy Roddick speaks about the match that changed his life

On December 6, 1992, the USA defeated Switzerland 3-1 at Tarrant County Centre in Fort Worth, Texas, to regain the Davis Cup crown they lost to France a year earlier. The ten-year-old Andy Roddick was there to support the national squad, describing the match against Jim Courier and Jakob Hlasek the one that changed his life and created an obsession for tennis.

In a perfect mixture of youth and experience, the United States was the team to beat in the Davis Cup that year, playing three ties at home and advancing into the third straight final where they proved to be too strong for Switzerland.

In the first round, the USA toppled Argentina 5-0, having to work a little bit harder in the quarters against Czechoslovakia in Prague. Aaron Krickstein and Petr Korda shared points on an opening day and the Americans claimed the doubles rubber and the third singles, again thanks to Krickstein, to seal the deal and move into the semis.

There, they hosted Sweden in Minneapolis on an indoor clay and scored a 4-1 triumph thanks to Jim Courier and Andre Agassi who battled in the semi-final at Roland Garros that year. John McEnroe and Pete Sampras delivered the overall victory with a thrilling win over Stefan Edberg and Andres Jarryd in five sets, propelling their country into the final against the first-time finalist Switzerland.

The tie took place in Texas and the home nation played safe, choosing their strongest squad that left the Europeans behind for the milestone 30th Davis Cup crown (they would claim only two in the last 27 years, though). Stepping first on the court, Andre Agassi destroyed Jakob Hlasek 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in 88 minutes before the real marathon between world no.

1 Jim Courier and Marc Rosset that the Swiss won 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to level the overall score. The clash lasted for four hours and 23 minutes and it was another failure for Jim in this competition that caused him too much pressure.

The American fended off two set points in the second set to grab the upper hand before Rosset claimed sets four and five to seal the deal and keep Switzerland in contention. Saturday's doubles rubber was equally dramatic, with John McEnroe and Pete Sampras coming from the verge of defeat to upend Jakob Hlasek and Marc Rosset 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 and move the USA 2-1 in front after four hours and 16 minutes.

Nothing could have separated them in the opening three sets and the Americans had no room for errors after set number two, claiming the third with a late break and dominating in the rest of the encounter for the pivotal point and massive mental advantage ahead of Sunday's reversed singles.

On December 6, Jim Courier left Friday's performance behind him and toppled Jakob Hlasek 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to deliver the crown in front of the partisan crowd. The American lost serve only once in sets three and four, controlling the pace and sealing the deal with a service winner in the tenth game before starting a massive celebration with his teammates.