Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/4/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: John Isner of the United States of America plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

 

Tennis Channel will provide exclusive coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s quarterfinal competition against France in Monaco, this weekend, with live and same-day, “Instant Encore” replays Friday through Sunday. John Isner, World No. 11, leads a U.S. team of tennis up-and-comer Ryan Harrison and top-ranked doubles brothers Bob and Mike Bryan against France’s World No. 6, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The French will face the Americans for the first time since its 2008 upset at the same stage in the competition.

 

The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Friday, April 6, at 6 a.m. ET, followed by the doubles match Saturday, April 7, at 8 a.m. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, April 8, at 5 a.m. Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points advancing to the semifinals to face either Spain or Austria September 14-16. Each afternoon Tennis Channel will offer an encore presentation of the day’s Davis Cup action.

 

Coverage from Monte Carlo Country Club in in Monacois as follows (all time ET):

Friday, April 6:

6 a.m. – Live Singles #1

9 a.m. – Live Singles #2

{12 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{3 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}

{7 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{10 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}

 

Saturday, April 7:

8 a.m. – Live Doubles

{4 p.m. – Instant Encore Doubles}

{12 a.m. – Instant Encore Doubles}

 

Sunday, April 8:

5 a.m. – Live Singles #1

8 a.m. – Live Singles #2 

{12 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{3 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}

{8 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}

{11 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}

 

The United States and France have one of the oldest Davis Cup rivalries, first playing in 1905. The two nations have met 15 times in Davis Cup play, with the United States holding a 8-7 advantage. The most recent meeting was at the same stage of play in 2008 when the United States upset the French team 4-1 in Winston-Salem, N.C. France’s only home loss to the United States was in the 1982 final. The United States enters this weekend’s match after defeating Switzerland 5-0 in Fribourg, Switzerland. The Americans are looking to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2008. The United States leads all nations with 23 Davis Cup titles, the most recent in 2007.

 

Leading the U.S. team is Captain Jim Courier, who as a player helped the American squad win the Davis Cup in 1992 and 1995. John Isner enters this weekend’s competition after an impressive win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., before falling to Roger Federer. Teenager Ryan Harrison came one step closer to winning his first pro title when he advanced to the semifinals at the SAP Open in San Jose before losing to eventual champion Milos Raonic. The world’s top-ranked doubles team, twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, continue to be the world’s most dominant pair, capturing their eleventh Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon last year.

 

France is bidding to reach its third-consecutive semifinal and win its tenth Davis Cup crown. The French team enters this weekend’s matchup after a 4-1 victory over Canada in Vancouver. France’s team is captained by Guy Forget and features World No. 6 Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra

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