US in Davis Cup semifinals

Updated: 10 April 2007 11:12 IST

The United States made it to the Davis Cup semifinals, advancing with a doubles victory by brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

US in Davis Cup semifinals

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The United States made it to the Davis Cup semifinals, advancing with a doubles victory by brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

The Bryan twins beat Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Saturday to give the US an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie, putting the Americans a step closer to their first Davis Cup title since 1995.

After dropping the third set on the fast, indoor hard court, the Bryans survived two break points at 4-4 in the fourth set before closing it out in the tiebreaker.

The Americans eliminated a Spanish squad weakened by the absence of Rafael Nadal and will next play at Sweden in September 21-23. Sweden downed Argentina 3-0 on Saturday. In other quarterfinals, Germany ousted Belgium 3-0, and Russia won its doubles to lead France 2-1.

The Bryans improved to 11-1 in the Davis Cup with a harder-than-expected match against an inexperienced team. They sealed the match on Bob Bryan's volley at the net, two points after Mike Bryan's net cord on Lopez's serve gave the US a 6-4 lead.

The brothers immediately embraced, setting off a flag-waving celebration before a crowd of more than 14,000. The outcome provided a bit of revenge for the US - Spain beat the Americans in the 2004 final on clay.

With Nadal home resting a sore foot, the US took a 2-0 lead on Friday when Andy Roddick beat Verdasco and James Blake beat Tommy Robredo.

Roddick and Blake watched the doubles match from the team area, and both took turns taking laps with the American flag.

Sunday's reverse singles matches were rendered meaningless and might be reduced to best-of-three sets. US captain Patrick McEnroe may decide to rest Roddick, who is recovering from a strained left hamstring.

The Bryans have won 36 doubles titles and five Grand Slams, including this year's Australian Open.



Topics : Tennis
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