Djokovic, Davis Cup Q-final coming to Boise

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Sam Querry, of the United States, returns a shot from Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci during a Davis Cup tie, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. Querrey won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)
Boise, IDAHO (KBOI-TV) - Boise will host a Davis Cup quarterfinal match between the United States and Serbia April 5-7 in Boise State's Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State coach Greg Patton confirmed the news Sunday afternoon, adding that he received the news Saturday evening, but had to wait to share it until after the conclusion of Sunday's matches won by the United States (3-2 over Brazil) and Serbia (3-2 over Belgium).

"This is a dream come true for the state, for Boise, for tennis in Boise and the U.S.," Patton told KBOI-TV by phone Sunday.

Patton, who has coached at the national level for the United States Tennis Association, said players wanted to come to Boise - a likely difference-maker in the decision to bring the event to the city of trees.

"Now, my butt is out there. I've been saying all along that this event would be huge here," Patton said.

The Davis Cup is an international team tennis competition, featuring two singles players and a doubles team. The Serbian team coming to Boise is expected to feature the world's top-ranked player, Novik Djokovic, although he did not compete with the Serbian team in the first round.

The United States advanced with a dramatic victory over Brazil Saturday, after Sam Querrey won a decisive fifth match in four sets of Thiago Alves.

The UTSA, Boise State and city leaders will hold a joint press conference to announce more details in Boise February 13, Patton said. In the mean time, the boisterous Bronco men's tennis coach will be busy drumming up support and events to go alongside the main event.

"I've got to talk it up," he said. "We're going to create events; a kid's day and others. It's going to be a festival - this is a three day tennis Woodstock!"

It's also a rematch: Serbia beat the United States in the first-round of the 2010 Davis Cup 3-2.

Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the US last faced Serbia in the 2011 Davis Cup. That has been changed.