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Bryans Give United States Hope With Doubles Win Over Granollers/Lopez

Bryans© AFP/Getty ImagesBob and Mike Bryan improved to 20-2 in Davis Cup ties for the United States.

Parque Hermanos Castro, Gijon, Spain (clay – outdoor)

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan improved to a 20-2 record together in Davis Cup doubles rubbers on Saturday after they defeated Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 to keep the United States in the hunt for a Davis Cup final berth in November. Spain leads 2-1 overall going into Sunday’s reverse singles rubbers.

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The Bryans converted six of their 22 break point opportunities, withstanding 80 winners from their Spaniard opponents for victory in three hours and 38 minutes in Gijon.

“It’s never easy to play in these conditions as the crowd is loud,” said Mike Bryan. “Granollers might have hurt his calf there and we backed off the gas there a little bit. You always want to play aggressive in those situations but I’m proud of the way we picked it up at the end and played some good tennis.”

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The Bryans have now won all nine of their Davis Cup rubbers played on clay courts. Last week, the American twins won their 12th major title at the US Open, which broke the Open Era Grand Slam championship record of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.

Before the doubles rubber at the Parque Hermanos Castro, former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero took part in an on-court ceremony to celebrate his career. Last week, 32-year-old Ferrero announced he would retire at the Valencia Open 500 in October. Ferrero compiled an 18-7 record in the Davis Cup for Spain, winning two titles.

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