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05 March 2011

USA takes lead into final day



  • Craig Gabriel

Photo: Ron AngleBob Bryan and Mike Bryan (USA)

SANTIAGO, CHILE: Bob and Mike Bryan have shown yet again why they are the best doubles team in the world. The twin brothers have given USA a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie against Chile by defeating Nicolas Massu and Jorge Aguilar 63 63 76(4) in 2 hours 18 minutes.

“It felt really good to get back out there and there is no excitement like Davis Cup,” Mike Bryan said.

“There were no nerves, we trained hard all week and we really had a blast out here today – especially playing for Jim (Courier). It’s our first time doing that and just looking over and seeing him, you just want to play well.

“Today it felt great and kind of like being back home. We love playing Davis Cup and we’ll play Davis Cup as long as he calls upon us.”

The Bryans got things off to a quick start when they broke Massu in the second game of the match. That was all they needed to close out the set.

Massu faced break points in the first game of the second, he managed to save those but two games later the Americans put the pressure on the lesser experienced Aguilar and skipped ahead.

Aguilar was broken again in the seventh game but the Bryans then had a momentary lapse as Bob served. It was the first time they faced break points and lost serve.

However, there was no sign of frustration and they rebounded very smartly to score another service break on Massu which put them in a commanding position.

Massu and Aguilar were playing together in Davis Cup doubles for only the second time. They lost on the previous occasion as well which was against Czech Republic last July.

Chilean captain Hans Gildemeister said: “Maybe in the third set we should have held and won the third set and maybe we’d still be playing out there but as far as the teams performance, so far it has been okay.”

The Bryans were each playing their 20th Davis Cup doubles match and that puts them equal third with John McEnroe for the most doubles matches played by Americans. The only players ahead of them are John van Ryn on 24 and Stan Smith on 23.

The victory marked their 17th win as a team, extending their lead amongst American Davis Cup doubles combinations. This was also their 18th Davis Cup doubles win as individuals, once again tying with McEnroe in third place and behind van Ryn (22) and Smith (20).

The Chileans staged a bit of a comeback in the third set. They broke Bob Bryan in the fifth game and opened a 5-3 lead with Massu serving for the set at 5-4, but the Bryans showed their class when the pressure was on and broke the Chilean. The tiebreak was USA all the way – they were never headed.

So it’s down to the reverse singles and in the first of those Andy Roddick plays Paul Capdeville. Both had a tough match on day one but Capdeville more so with his stunning comeback against John Isner that finished with four tie breaks and 64 in the fifth. It will be their second meeting – Roddick won the other one five years ago in Houston.

If it goes down to the fifth rubber, Isner will have to put his demons from the first day to one side and regroup to take on Massu in a first time meeting. If that were to happen, it could be an absolute nail biter.

“We don’t think too far ahead,” USA Captain Jim Courier said. “We have business at hand and we’re not looking ahead. We’re here to do what we do. These guys put us in a great spot today and we’ll be back at it with hard hats on.”

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (USA) - 05/03/2011

Captain Hans Gildemeister (CHI) - 05/03/2011

Nicolas Massu (CHI) - 05/03/2011

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