Bryan Twins give U.S 2-1 lead over France

Davis Cup 2012
By Rajesh Srinivasan, April 8th, 2012

The United States gained a crucial 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup tie against France on Saturday in Monte Carlo with a doubles victory for the World No.1 team of Mike and Bob Bryan over Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4). The Bryan brothers broke early in the first game of the match after the French players had a game point but failed to capitalise.

Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan celebrating after wining their Davis cup 2012 match

Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan celebrating after wining their Davis cup 2012 match

The second set too was similar with the U.S pairing breaking early and keeping the crowd too silent as they rushed to a two sets to love lead. The third set was more fiercely contested and went to a tie breaker where the French pairing led 2-1 with a mini break. The Bryans then reeled off four points in a row to lead 5-2. They then closed out the match confidently winning the tie breaker at 7-4 when a Benneteau return went long. One of the key differences was the better serving by the Americans who never had to face a break point in the entire match.

The Bryans last tasted defeat against France’s Llodra and Clement in 2008 but never looked in trouble on Saturday against a team that did not play with much confidence. The Bryans now have a 19-2 record in doubles in Davis cup matches in the doubles arena. After the match, U.S coach Courier said that the Bryan twins are a terrific duo. “Their record speaks for itself and they do most of the work on their own. I am just here to help them. Tomorrow we have two bites of the cherry though I hope Isner gets the job done against Tsonga in the first match itself but Harrison too is well prepared for the decider if required”

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