America's no. 1 player Andy Roddick has stressed the importance of playing the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals at his hometown of Austin.
The 2007 Davis Cup winner missed the French Open due to a shoulder injury and travelled to Texas in order to rest and recover in time for Wimbledon and the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
Following a question about his withdrawal from the French Open and how his shoulder would cope with the hectic weeks ahead, the American replied "That was the thinking behind going home and get my shoulder right. The last thing I wanted was for a week-long injury to stretch into two or three months, specially with Wimbledon and how important the Davis Cup at home is for me. It was necessary".
The American's rival, Spain, is the most successful Davis Cup team of the last decade and will certainly pose a tought test for Jim Courier's players. The presence of the likes of Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer or Fernando Verdasco makes Andy Roddick's fitness crucial for America's options of reaching the semifinals.
The 2003 US Open winner had his Davis Cup debut in 2001 and has since played a total of 44 matches for his country's Davis Cup team over 24 ties.