Davis Cup: US takes 2-1 lead over Chile

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Twins Bob and Mike Bryan gave the United States a 2-1 lead with a lopsided doubles victory over Chile in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

Davis Cup: US takes 2-1 lead over Chile

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Twins Bob and Mike Bryan gave the United States a 2-1 lead with a lopsided doubles victory over Chile in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. The Bryans, ranked No. 1 in doubles, overpowered the Chilean substitutes Adrian Garcia and Paul Capdeville 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Bob dominated with his serves, winning 27 consecutive points when serving. Many of his first serves were in the 130-mph (209-kph) range. He finished 28-of-29, losing his only point on serve when he and his brother had match point in the final game. Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu, 2004 Olympic gold medalists in doubles, were scheduled to face the Bryans, but Chile captain Hans Gildemeister made a strategic - and logical - decision to give those two the day off after they played singles on Friday. Gonzalez was still sore from his five-set marathon victory over James Blake that lasted 4 hours, 20 minutes. If Gildemeister had held only Gonzalez out of the doubles, Massu would have had to team with one of the reserves and likely had little chance against the Bryans. Gildemeister said Gonzalez practiced on Saturday morning and was still aching, thus his decision to go with Garcia and Capdeville. "We are still alive,'' the Chile captain said. "In the beginning, my idea was to be alive on Sunday, because on Sunday, anything can happen, especially knowing Fernando and Nicolas.'' Dean Goldfine, who's filling in for US captain Patrick McEnroe, said he probably would have made the same decision. Avenging Olympics defeat Although the Bryans said earlier they were eager to avenge their Athens Olympics loss to Gonzalez and Massu, they were relieved when they found out 45 minutes before the match at Mission Hills Country Club that they instead would face Chile's reserves. "We were real happy to see that they put the less experienced guys on the court,'' Bob Bryan said. "We just outplayed them from the first ball, never felt pressured.'' Capdeville is ranked 252nd in doubles, Garcia 196th, and they lost the only doubles match they've played on the tour. Gonzalez will play Andy Roddick in the first of the final two matches. Roddick beat Massu in straight sets in the singles. His US teammates call Roddick "our closer'' because he has clinched ties six times, but should he lose to Gonzalez, the quarterfinal will go down to the closing match between Blake and Massu. Roddick is ranked No. 4, Gonzalez No. 18, Blake No. 8 and Massu No. 37. Goldfine said Roddick and Blake practiced for a half-hour on Saturday and both felt good. "Tomorrow, just going to come out again and play their games,'' Goldfine said. McEnroe is absent because he's remaining with his wife as they await the birth of their first child. The United States has won the Davis Cup 31 times, but not since 1995. Chile has never won the Cup, and is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1982. (AP)

Topics : Tennis Chile
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