DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND 2012
Bryan-Fish Clinch Tie For USA; Argentina Defeats Germany
by ATP Staff|
A round-up of the eight Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round ties on Saturday.
SWITZERLAND 0, UNITED STATES 3
Clay, Indoor - Fribourg, Switzerland
After dropping the first set, the Americans did not lose serve again in the match, and broke their opposition four times to seal the win in two hours and 18 minutes. "This was a big step forward for our guys to come in here and play against a team of this caliber," said U.S. captain Jim Courier. "Our attitude remained strong all the while and we were ready. That is what you need for any road tie."
Bryan and Fish are now 2-0 together in Davis Cup play, having won a five-setter against Spain in the 2008 semi-finals. "He played like Bob today," stated Bryan. "It was a lot of fun playing with Mardy. He's a clutch player. Yesterday he showed it, and to come out here today and back it up in doubles is unbelievable."
GERMANY 0, ARGENTINA 3
Clay, Indoor - Bamberg, Germany
Four-time Davis Cup finalist Argentina moved one step closer to winning its first title, after David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank rallied to edge Tommy Haas and Philipp Petzschner 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to defeat Germany 3-0. The Argentines won nine more points than Haas and Petzschner to take the doubles rubber in three and a half hours.
Nalbandian and Schwank were both members of last year’s team that finished runner-up to Spain.
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AUSTRIA 2, RUSSIA 1
Hard, Indoors - Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny battled past Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya 7-6(1), 6-7(7), 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 to put Russia on the board against host Austria. Davydenko and Youzhny overcame an early break deficit in the fifth set to claim the hard-fought victory in four hours and 45 minutes.
CANADA 1, FRANCE 2
Hard, Indoors –Vancouver, Canada
Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra put France ahead of Canada 2-1, defeating Daniel Nestor and Milos Raonic 7-6(1), 7-6(2), 6-3. After neither team was able to break serve in the first two sets, Benneteau and Llodra broke the Canadians twice in the second set to seal the win in two hours and 37 minutes.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will look to close out the tie for France on Sunday when he plays Raonic in the first reverse singles rubber.
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