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By Chris Oddo | Thursday February 8, 2018

SErena Williams

The Williams sisters will play the same Fed Cup tie for the first time since 2015 as the Americans host the Netherlands in Asheville.

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Keeping up with the game of tennis, by the numbers. Each day at Tennis Now we’ll give you a fresh set—without any further ado, here’s today’s sampling:


The last time that Serena and Venus Williams played the same Fed Cup tie for U.S.A. The Americans are bringing out the big guns this weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, where the Williams sisters will lead the Americans against the Netherlands.


Serena Williams is one of just two American women to have racked up double-digit singles victories at Fed Cup without suffering a loss. Williams is 13-0. Martina Navratilova is the other American to have achieved the feat, she owns a 20-0 record in singles for team U.S.A.


By playing her 10th Fed Cup season for Team U.S.A, Venus Williams joins Lindsay Davenport as one of two players to have played 10 different seasons for the Americans. Davenport played in 20 ties over 11 years. Williams owns a 19-2 singles record for Team U.S.A. Elena Dementieva (1999) and Anastasia Myskina (2005) are the only two players to defeat the legend in Fed Cup singles.


The number of years ago that Roger Federer first climbed to No.1. The Swiss will bid to become the oldest No.1 in ATP history next week at Rotterdam, as well as becoming the player to own the longest gap between stints at No.1. No player has ever ascended to No.1 more than ten years after first becoming No.1. Last season, Rafael Nadal climbed to No.1 nine years and three days after his first day at No.1, marking the longest stint ever.


Victor Estrella Burgos’ run of three consecutive titles at Quito came to an end today at the hands of Gerald Melzer in second-round action. The Dominican came into today’s match with a 16-0 record at Quito. He was the tournament’s only previous champion. That doesn’t mean this piece on Estrella Burgos by the venerable Steve Flink isn’t worth a read:


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