Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bryans lose Davis Cup heartbreaker; U.S. trails 2-1

Mike, left, and Bob Bryan are shown in the SAP Open at San Jose
in February. They lost a key match Saturday in the Davis Cup
quarterfinals against Serbia. Photo by Paul Bauman
   The United States is in big trouble now.
   The top-ranked team of Bob and Mike Bryan lost a heartbreaker to Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 Saturday in Boise, Idaho, in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
   Bozoljac and Zimonjic won in 4 hours, 23 minutes to give Serbia a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five competition.
   Top-ranked Novak Djokovic can eliminate the United States by beating Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native and part-time member of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis, in today's first singles match (11 a.m. PDT, Tennis Channel). Djokovic is 5-1 lifetime against Querrey, ranked 20th. In the last match, No. 23 John Isner of the United States is scheduled to play No. 44 Viktor Troicki.   
   Zimonjic, 36, reached No. 1 in the world in men's doubles in 2008. He won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2009 and the French Open in 2010, all with Daniel Nestor of Canada. Bozoljac, a 27-year-old journeyman, advanced to the singles final in the 2009 Tiburon Challenger and 2011 Aptos Challenger.
   "We have to tip our hats to those guys," Bob Bryan told reporters. "Obviously, I thought they played well all day, 36 aces, and they didn't give us much opportunity, especially in the fifth. We're obviously disappointed that we let the team down."
   The 34-year-old Bryan twins, former NCAA doubles champions from Stanford, fell to 20-4 in Davis Cup doubles with their second straight five-set loss in the prestigious international team competition.
   It's the first time the Bryans, who won their record 13th Grand Slam men's doubles title at the Australian Open in January, have lost two consecutive Davis Cup doubles matches.
   They were upset by Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares of Brazil in the first round of the Davis Cup in Jacksonville, Fla., in February.
   Djokovic, Troicki and Zimonjic played on Serbia's 2010 Davis Cup championship team. The Bryans helped the United States win the 2007 title.
   No. 21 Cal def. No. 30 Washington 5-2 in Seattle. No. 1 singles: No. 21 Kyle McMorrow (W) def. No. 44 Ben McLachlan 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Team records: Cal 10-8 overall, 2-1 Pacific-12 Conference; Washington 15-8, 2-2.
   No. 44 Oregon def. No. 47 Stanford 4-3 in Eugene, Ore. No. 1 singles: No. 54 John Morrissey (S) def. Robin Cambier 6-3, 6-4. Team records: Oregon 15-4 overall, 2-2 Pac-12; Stanford 8-8, 1-3.
   No. 43 San Diego State def. No. 56 Santa Clara 7-0 in San Diego. No. 1 singles: Thorsten Bertsch (SDS) def. No. 63 John Lamble 6-3, 6-2. Team records: San Diego State 14-7, Santa Clara 13-8.
   Sacramento State def. Eastern Washington 5-2 in Spokane, Wash. No. 1 singles: Joseph Cohen (EW) def. Roy Brandys 6-4, 7-6 (6). Team records: Sac State 14-11 overall, 9-1 Big Sky Conference; Eastern Washington 8-11, 4-4.
   Hawaii def. UC Davis 5-2 in Davis. No. 1 singles: Toki Sherbakov (UCD) def. Jared Spiker 7-5, 7-5. Team records: Hawaii 6-12 overall, 3-1 Big West Conference; UC Davis 6-9, 0-2.
   No. 12 Stanford def. Oregon 7-0 at Stanford. No. 1 singles: No. 30 Kristie Ahn (S) def. No. 102 Nicole Long 6-2, 6-2. Team records: Stanford 13-3 overall, 6-1 Pac-12; Oregon 12-8, 1-7.
   No. 43 Long Beach State def. Pacific 5-2 in Stockton. No. 1 singles: Iveta Masarova (P) def. Ebba Unden 6-4, 6-4. Team records: Long Beach State 17-3 overall, 7-1 Big West Conference; Pacific 8-11, 3-4.
   No. 61 Denver def. No. 66 San Jose State 4-3 in Logan, Utah. No. 1 singles: Klaudia Boczova (SJS) def. Sophia Bergner 6-2, 6-4. Team records: Denver 12-3 overall, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference; San Jose State 14-5, 6-1.
   Santa Clara def. No. 53 San Diego 6-1 in Santa Clara. No. 1 singles:No. 28 Katie Le (SC) def. No. 107 Laura Claus 6-3, 6-1. Team records: Santa Clara 8-8 overall, 4-1 West Coast Conference; San Diego 8-9, 3-2.
   Sacramento State def. Hawaii 4-3 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Rebeca Delgado (SS) def. Xenia Suworowa 6-4, 6-1. Team records: Sac State 10-12, Hawaii 3-8.
   UC Davis def. UC Riverside 6-1 in Davis. No. 1 singles: Layla Sanders (UCD) def. Jamie Raney 6-1, 6-1. Team records: UC Davis 8-10 overall, 3-3 Big West; UC Riverside 1-12, 0-6.

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