Posted February 02, 2013 on AP on Fox
Brazil's doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset the top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 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 Sunday's reverse singles. --- CZECH REPUBLIC 2, SWITZERLAND 1 GENEVA (AP) - 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 defending champion Czechs took a 2-1 lead on Chiudinelli's double-fault. 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. Berdych and Wawrinka are due back on court Sunday to begin the reverse singles. --- ARGENTINA 3, GERMANY 0 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentina reached the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the 12th straight time after David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos defeated Germany's Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke in doubles. Argentina will be at home to face France in the quarterfinals in April. Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco gave Argentina a 2-0 lead in Friday's singles. --- ITALY 2, CROATIA 1 TURIN, Italy (AP) - 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). Fognini converted Italy's fifth match point with an ace. Croatia wasted two set points in a thrilling tiebreaker. Italy needs one win from Sunday's reverse singles to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1998, when it won the competition. --- SERBIA 3, BELGIUM 0 CHARLEROI, Belgium (AP) - 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. Serbia won despite playing without ninth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic, who is injured. --- FRANCE 3, ISRAEL 0 ROUEN, France (AP) - France beat Israel 7-6 (3), 6-1, 6-0 in the doubles for an insurmountable 3-0 lead. After Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet won their singles Friday, 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 ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) - Alexander Peya and Julian Knowle kept Austria's hopes alive by winning the doubles. They beat Andrey Golubev and Yuriy Schukin 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (3) to make sure the series will be decided in Sunday's reverse singles. Golubev is set to play Jurgen Melzer, before Evgeny Korolev takes on Andreas Haider-Maurer.

Brazil tops Bryan bros., cuts deficit

Brazil's Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset the top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and kept the United States from clinching the first-round Davis Cup tie on Saturday. It was only the third time the Bryan brothers dropped a Davis Cup rubber. It was just the second time they lost a five-set match. Their only other five-set defeat was in 1999 at Wimbledon...

Brazil Stays Alive As Melo and Soares Upset the Bryans in 5 Sets

  Bob and Mike Bryan   DAVIS CUP: BRAZIL STAYS ALIVE Melo and Soares upset the Bryans in 5 sets; U.S. up 2-1 By Junior Williams   (February 2, 2013) JACKSONVILLE — On Groundhog Day here in the United States, the conventional wisdom was that the world’s top-doubles team would clinch a first round Davis Cup World Group victory and ensure a long winter for Brazil’s team...

Brazilians Melo/Soares stun the Bryans in day 2 Davis Cup action

With an impeccable 22-2 record in Davis Cup doubles going into today’s match, most people had penned in a US victory for the Bryan brothers in yesterday’s doubles rubber against Brazil. But in tennis it’s never safe to count on the better team on paper. Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares have had success playing the Bryans in the past, having beaten the brothers twice, although...
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