[QODLink]
Tennis
U.S. pull one point back against Spaniards
The Bryan brothers claim United States first point against Spain in Davis Cup with victory over Granollers and Lopez.
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2012 17:26
Mike Bryan and his brother, Bob Bryan, left, celebrate after giving United States a chance to reach the final [AP]

Mike and Bob Bryan won Saturday's doubles for the United States to trim Spain's lead in their Davis Cup semifinal to 2-1.

The twins were stretched by Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory in which Granollers appeared hampered by a left calf injury picked up in the second set.

Granollers stayed in the match but Spain lost momentum and mobility as the Bryans kept alive the visitors' chances of reaching November's final in front of a near capacity 15,000 spectators at the purpose-built venue in the Asturian coastal city.

David Ferrer can clinch Spain's fourth trip to the final in five years on Sunday when he faces John Isner in reverse singles, with the fifth-ranked Spaniard 15-0 on clay in the competition.

"It's a shame because we felt really good today... It happened to me in the U.S. one week ago, it's tough "

Spaniard Marc Lopez

The defending champions are 37-0 after opening the semifinal with a sweep of the opening singles points.

The U.S. has only once recovered from a 0-2 deficit - in 1934 - but its record improves when down 1-2, having done it five times with the last being in 2000.

Mike Bryan stumbled chasing down a drop shot to miss out on the first match point, but Lopez provided the U.S. with it on the second opportunity as he double-faulted.

"It's a shame because we felt really good today,'' said Lopez before alluding to his own calf problem that forced him to retire from the U.S. Open doubles semifinal.

"It happened to me in the U.S. one week ago, it's tough.''

Should Isner beat the fifth-ranked Ferrer, Sam Querrey and Nicolas Almagro are scheduled to play for the final singles point.

Almagro edged Isner in a five-set thriller on Friday to bring his and Ferrer's record on clay in the competition to a combined 23-1.

320

Source:
AP
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Featured
Deaths of 13 Sherpas in Nepal has shone a light on dangerous working conditions in the Everest-climbing industry.
Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
Incumbent Joyce Banda has a narrow lead, but anything is possible in Malawi's May 20 elections.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
join our mailing list