Bryans keep U.S. alive against GB in Davis Cup|
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States needed a doubles
victory by Bob and Mike Bryan to stay alive in its best-of-five opening-round
Davis Cup tie against Great Britain on Saturday, and that's exactly what
The Americans pulled within 2-1 of the Brits when the mighty twin brothers
topped a British duo of Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on
Day 2 at Petco Park. Inglot played in place of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray,
who is expected to play in Sunday's all-important first reverse singles
The 35-year-old Bryans improved to 22-4 together in Davis Cup competition.
Sunday's reverse singles currently have the world No. 6 Murray battling Sam
Querrey and Donald Young taking on 175th-ranked Brit James Ward. Querrey is
the highest-ranked American in San Diego, at No. 49 in the world, while Young
is ranked 79th.
In Friday's opening singles, Murray manhandled Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 and Ward
put forth a stirring rally to outlast Querrey in a five-set thriller, 1-6, 7-6
(7-3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to give the visitors a seemingly commanding 2-0 lead.
The matches are being staged on red clay at Petco Park in a temporary
stadium built in left field, with a capacity of 8,000, including 6,000
Petco Park is 42,000-seat baseball stadium that serves as the home of the San
This is the first time Davis Cup is being played in an open-air baseball
stadium in the United States and the first time the U.S. Davis Cup team
has hosted a tie on clay since the 1992 semifinals, when the Americans
beat Sweden 4-1 in Minneapolis.
This particular tie marks a renewal of the Davis Cup's oldest rivalry.
The 32-time champion U.S. and nine-time winner Britain first met in the
first-ever tie in 1900. The U.S. last faced the Brits in the opening round
in 1999 in England and won 3-2 when current American captain Jim Courier
rallied in the fifth and deciding rubber to defeat Greg Rusedski in the
fifth set, 8-6.
The U.S. is 11-7 versus Great Britain in Davis Cup play, winning the last
four ties. Britain's last win in the series came way back in 1935. The
1999 first-round tie was the only meeting between the two nations under the
current World Group format.
The Brits, captained by Leon Smith, are in the World Group for the first
time since 2008.
The United States-Great Britain winner will face the Argentina-Italy victor in
a quarterfinal in April.
02/01 17:15:17 ET