Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish aim to continue the USA's perfect home record against Spain in the Davis Cup in this weekend's quarter-final.
The Spanish have dominated the Davis Cup in recent years but their success has been built around a formidable home record on the clay of Madrid with the likes of Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco making them an almost unbeatable side on the red dirt.
However this weekend they are being taken out of their comfort zone. The Americans have laid down a fast indoor hard court in Austin, tailor-made for the cannon like serves of Roddick and Fish.
Spain are also badly missing Nadal who opted to take several weeks off after losing his Wimbledon crown at the weekend. However they still have world number six Ferrer who has become a man for all surfaces in recent years. Indoor hard is still his weakest surface though and both the American duo will fancy their chances.
It will be interesting to see whether Spain go with form or the rankings for the second singles place. Verdasco has been in a slump for a while and Feliciano Lopez performed brilliantly at Wimbledon, taking out Roddick en route to the quarter-finals.
The Americans have a definite edge thanks to the Bryan brothers, still the best doubles team in the world and the closest thing there is to a certain point in this competition. They picked up their second Wimbledon title at the weekend and are back where they belong, on top of the world.