Bob and Mike Bryan give U.S. 2-1 lead
SANTIAGO, Chile -- The United States is one victory from a showdown with Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
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Jim Courier, debuting this weekend as U.S. Davis Cup captain, is not thinking about a July date with Spain, which eliminated Belgium 3-0. Courier played on winning Davis Cup teams in 1992 and 1995 and wants to get the job done first in Santiago.
"We're two-thirds of the way there, but nothing is taken for granted," he said. "We have to come ready to win the last point. That has to be our approach as boring and simple as it is."
Roddick, who led the U.S. to the 2007 Davis Cup title, is 11-0 when in position to clinch a Davis Cup. In the second singles, the Americans send John Isner against Massu.
"We hope that I can play the final point," Massu said.
In the opening match Friday, Roddick beat Massu 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Isner squandered a two-sets lead in losing to Capdeville 6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Elsewhere in the first round of the World Group, Argentina (over Romania) and Sweden (over Russia) also advanced to the quarters on 3-0 victories. Ahead 2-1 were France (over Austria), Germany (over Croatia), Serbia (over India) and the Czech Republic (over Kazakhstan).
The Bryans, the No. 1 doubles team, are 17-2 when playing Davis Cup doubles together and 10-0 when playing Davis Cup doubles away from home.
"These guys come ready to play every day," Courier said. "You never have to doubt what you're going to get. They're the toughest out there when it comes to doubles by a long shot."
The Bryans breezed through the first two sets but were broken in the fifth game of the third set on a third break point. The American brothers broke back in the 10th game and won the match on the second match point of the tiebreaker when Massu netted a forehand.
"It was a sticky situation," Bob Bryan said. "We had the momentum and they had the crowd. "We just got really calm, went into a zone and stopped talking to each other. Our backs were against the wall there and we played our best stuff, which was nice."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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