Brazil upsets US in doubles to stay alive in Davis Cup

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Brazil's Bruno Soares returns a volley as teammate Marcelo Melo looks on during the victory over Mike and Bob Bryan on Saturday.  BOB MACK/THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION
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Brazil's Bruno Soares returns a volley as teammate Marcelo Melo looks on during the victory over Mike and Bob Bryan on Saturday.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Brazil’s doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday and kept the United States from clinching the first-round Davis Cup match.

It was only the third time the Bryan brothers had dropped a Davis Cup match. It was just the second time that they had dropped a five-set match in ATP competition. Their only other five-set defeat was in a 1999 match at Wimbledon.

The United States has a 2-1 advantage heading into today’s reverse singles.

CZECH REPUBLIC 2, SWITZERLAND 1

In Geneva, in the longest match in Davis Cup history, the Czech Republic beat Switzerland in a doubles epic lasting seven hours.

Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol eventually clinched on their 13th match point to edge Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 24-22.

The previous longest Davis Cup match was 6 hours, 22 minutes for John McEnroe’s victory for the United States against Sweden’s Mats Wilander in 1982.

ARGENTINA 3, GERMANY 0

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Argentines reached the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the 12th consecutive time after David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos defeated Germany’s Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke in doubles, 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Argentina will be at home to face France in the quarterfinals in April.

ITALY 2, CROATIA 1

In Turin, Italy, Italy beat Croatia in the doubles to take a 2-1 lead.

Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli took 3 hours, 17 minutes to beat Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (11).

Italy needs one win from today’s reverse singles to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1998, when it won the competition.

SERBIA 3, BELGIUM 0

In Charleroi, Belgium, Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic beat Belgian duo Ruben Bemelmans and Steve Darcis 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the doubles to take an insurmountable 3-0 lead.

FRANCE 3, ISRAEL 0

In Rouen, France, France beat Israel 7-6 (3), 6-1, 6-0 in doubles for an insurmountable 3-0 lead.

Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra had little trouble brushing aside Israel’s makeshift pairing of Jonathan Erlich and Dudi Sela after a competitive first set.

KAZAKHSTAN 2, AUSTRIA 1

In Astana, Kazakhstan, Alexander Peya and Julian Knowle kept Austria’s hopes alive by winning the doubles, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (3) over Andrey Golubev and Yuriy Schukin.

 
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