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USA Captures Davis Cup Quarterfinal Win

April 9, 2007 10:50 AM
The Bryan brothers clinched the Davis Cup Quarterfinals win versus Spain with a 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) doubles win over Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopex in front of a crowd of 14,000 at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC. The win gave the U.S. an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five event and secured a Davis Cup semifinal matchup against Sweden.

Bob and Mike Bryan, the top-ranked doubles team in the world, improved their impressive Davis Cup doubles record to a formidable 11-1. With the win, the Californian twins clinched their third career tie for the U.S., and first since lifting the team to victory twice in 2004, at the Mohegan Sun Arena against Austria and in Charleston during a sweep of Belarus.

Conditions were favorable as the USA went into the third match with a 2-0 lead after Friday's singles. James Blake took down Spain’s No. 1 singles player Tommy Robredo in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. U.S. top singles player, Andy Roddick, swept past Fernando Verdasco of Spain, winning 7-6(5), 6-1, 6-4.

The energy in Joel Coliseum was electrifying as Team USA took their victory lap around the court waving the American flag. The Winston-Salem crowd was on their feet as the team soaked in the thrill of advancing to the Semifinal Round in September.

"It was a dream to play here, a home tie, in front of 14 and a half thousand people," said Andy Roddick. "Just the excitement I thought was contagious. We could feel it. We haven't had a home tie like that maybe since Charleston a couple years ago is the only one comparable. It's a great place. I'm sure hopefully we'll be here again sometime. It's just a great atmosphere."

On Sunday Bob Bryan took the singles spot as he faced world No. 6 Tommy Robredo. Robredo captured the only point for Spain with a 6-4, 6-4 over the Bryan. Blake rolled over Feliciano Lopez of Spain with a straight set 6-3, 7-6 win to capture the fourth point for the U.S.

Should Team USA defeat Sweden in late September, the U.S. could either host Russia or travel to Germany for the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, to be played Nov. 30-Dec. 2.




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