The doubles defeat for Romania came after the country’s Andrei Pavel beat Andy Roddick in five sets on Friday. Andrei Pavel was due to meet James Blake on Sunday as the team hopes for Hanescu’s recovery for his game agains Andy Roddick. IF unable, Hanescu would be replaced by Razvan Sabau or Tecau.
The Bryan twins are Australian Open doubles champions and rank first in this category. Their victory was guaranteed apparently even before Hanescu quit.
The US team has to beat Romania with a win on Saturday if it hopes to push with the Davis Cup, which it lost against Croatia last year. The United States have failed to win the Cup for a decade.
Pavel won on Roddick 6-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday while his mate Hanescu lost agains Blake 4-6, 6-7, 2-6 in short order.