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Bryans Give USA 2-1 Lead; Austrians Handed Lifeline

Austrians© Getty ImagesOliver Marach and Alexander Peya kept Austria's hopes alive by winning the doubles rubber.

A round-up of the two Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarter-final ties on Saturday.

SPAIN 2, AUSTRIA 1
Clay, Outdoors - Castellon, Spain

Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya gave Austria a lifeline in its Davis Cup quarter-final clash with Spain as they defeated Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(12) in Saturday’s doubles rubber. The visitors still face an uphill task in Castellon, where they trail 1-2. They will need to win both reverse singles on Sunday if they are to end five-time champion Spain’s 22-match winning streak on home soil.

Partnering each other for just the third time in Davis Cup action, Marach and Peya converted two of eight break points as they rallied from a set down in a rain-interrupted encounter to clinch victory in three hours and 39 minutes. The Austrians are bidding to reach the World Group semi-finals for just the second time after reaching the last eight for the first time since 1995.

"It was very important for us to win today as after being 0-2 down we didn’t want to lose the tie and go home already after the second day," explained Marach. "After the rain break we decided to play different tactics which was good for us, we played more aggressively and it worked."

FRANCE 1, UNITED STATES 2
Clay, Outdoors - Roquebrune Cap Martin, France

World No. 1 doubles pairing Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan gave the United States a 2-1 lead over France in their Davis Cup quarter-final clash on Saturday at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The American twins defeated Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4).

Following John Isner’s win over Gilles Simon on Friday, the visiting nation now needs just one point to clinch a spot in the semi-finals. Isner will face French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first of Sunday’s reverse singles rubbers.

"The way that John played yesterday will give him confidence and give the team confidence," said captain Jim Courier. "He’s going to have to come out at that level to beat Jo as Jo’s a fantastic player and he’ll be inspired. We’re looking forward to the battle and we’ll be ready to play both matches tomorrow."

The 33-year-old twins improved to a 17-2 record together in the ITF men’s team competition as they broke serve twice and committed just six unforced errors to claim victory in two hours and seven minutes. They have not lost a rubber together since the 2008 quarter-finals, against France.

"We came in today and played a really solid match, especially on our serve," said Mike Bryan. "Not being down a break point on serve especially against a great team on dirt is a great stat with us. It wasn’t flashy, we just played our workmanlike doubles today."

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