Patrick McEnroe's debut as U.S. Davis Cup captain was half successful.
The Americans split their first two matches against Switzerland Friday, as Jan-Michael Gambill won and Todd Martin lost.
Roger Federer defeated Martin, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1, then Gambill beat Michel Kratochvil, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
In today's doubles, Gambill and Justin Gimelstob are scheduled to face Federer and Lorenzo Manta, although the captains can make last-minute changes. In Sunday's reverse singles, Martin is to play Kratochvil and Gambill is to face Federer. McEnroe hinted he might substitute Andy Roddick, the world's top junior last year.
Afterward, the Americans said they were better prepared under the younger McEnroe than they were under his more renowned brother John.
McEnroe, with stars Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras skipping the event, brought a young team including Gambill, 23; Gimelstob, 24; and Roddick, 18, to this best-of-five series. He hoped Martin, 30, would be the anchor.
It did not work out that way.
In winning his second Davis Cup match in five tries, Gambill served 10 aces to four for Kratochvil and had only two double faults.
"It's a lot of fun, that's No. 1," McEnroe said of his debut. "It's great to see someone like Jan-Michael go out there with a lot of expectations and live up to them.
"To me, just to be part of these guys and be around them, to try to be not too much of a hindrance to them on the sideline . . . is enjoyable. I'm a lot happier now after the first win."
Gambill said Patrick McEnroe was "saying all the right things."
Martin agreed. "There's a time to speak, there's a time not to," he said.
Gambill said the team was more prepared than last year in a 5-0 semifinal loss to Spain.
"I think so," he said. "We had smarter practices. . . . Patrick told us early who's going to play. . . . That's peace of mind.
"I blocked out the cowbells," he added, referring to the traditional Swiss clangers.
Kournikova still waiting
PARIS -- Anna Kournikova's bid for her first WTA title was dashed again when she lost, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1, to Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals of the $565,000 Gaz de France tournament.
The 19-year-old Russian, seeded second, had a strong first set before fading.
Mauresmo, seeded eighth, will face French compatriot Nathalie Tauziat in the next round. Tauziat, seeded third, routed Amy Frazier, 6-0, 6-2.
Another American, Meghann Shaughnessy, also was ousted, losing to Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.