France doubles team beat Bryans to stay alive against US in Davis Cup

April 12, 2008 07:08 PM
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _Bob and Mike Bryan failed to win their doubles match Saturday, giving France hope in its Davis Cup quarterfinal with the United States.

Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement rallied past the top-ranked twins 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to cut the Americans' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five competition.

The Bryans had been 14-1 in Davis Cup play and 5-0 in clinching situations, but they couldn't secure a spot for the U.S. in the semifinals against Spain. Llodra and Clement raised their record to 4-2 against the Bryans, keeping the French alive going into Sunday's reverse singles.

A day after Andy Roddick and James Blake put the U.S. in command with singles wins, the Bryans wasted a chance to pass John McEnroe and Peter Fleming as the winningest U.S. Davis Cup doubles team.