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.
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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