Andy Roddick beat Nicolas Massu 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to give the United States a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup first round tie against Chile.
John Isner and Paul Capdeville were playing the second match.
Roddick broke and went up 3-1 in the first set. He won it when Massu double faulted while serving to try to stay in the set.
Massu broke Roddick in the first game of the second set. In the eighth game the Chilean was up 40-0 but Roddick forged back and held two break points, but he was not able to convert and two games later Chile had levelled the first rubber.
Roddick went up 4-2 in the third and after a hotly disputed call by Massu and the Chilean captain Hans Gildemeister in the ninth game, Roddick once again had the advantage.
He broke in the fifth game of the 4th set and tThat was all the American needed to clinched the first point for his nation.
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AFP PHOTO Martin BERNETTI