Americans, Argentines split at World Team

DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 20 (UPI) -- James Blake won and Wayne Odesnik lost Tuesday when the United States split singles with Argentina at the $2.34 million World Team Championship.

Blake beat Argentine Guillermo Canas 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, and Odesnik was beaten by Juan Ignacio Chela 7-5, 6-1.


A doubles match Wednesday will decide if the United States improves to 2-0 in the four-nation Red Group or the Argentines go 1-1.

Argentina beat the Czech Republic in last year's World Team finale, while the United States hasn't won this event since 1993.

Sweden is 2-0 in the Red Group, while the Czechs dropped to 0-2, as Robin Soderling beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, and 2002 Australian Open runner-up Thomas Johansson defeated Michal Tabara 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).

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