Bryans edge out British duo

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Great Britain’s perfect start to their Davis Cup tie against the United States failed to extend into a second day despite another sensational comeback in Glasgow.

Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot gave Mike and Bob Bryan, the top doubles team in the world, a huge fright despite falling two sets behind in Glasgow.

Murray’s serve was broken four times before the Scot rose to the occasion to spark home hopes of a comeback to match James Ward’s epic triumph over John Isner, which put the hosts 2-0 up on Friday.

But the American twins ultimately kept the United States in the contest ahead of Sunday’s singles with a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-7 (8/10) 9-7 victory in Glasgow.

Britain had gone two ahead when Ward secured a 15-13 final-set win over Isner but he had always been close to the American when losing the first two sets, and a similar fightback appeared unlikely as the Bryan twins cruised to an identical lead.

The Bryans, who have won 16 grand slam titles and Olympic gold together, were the clear favourites against a pair that had not been matched up since a junior tournament in 2003.

But Inglot had already claimed two victories against the 36-year-olds this year alongside Romanian Florin Mergea, including an Australian Open triumph.

However, Murray did not look confident in his serve early on, although he responded well to the first break when his two shots at the net saw the hosts break back quickly.

The parity only lasted until his next service game when he sent a volley into the net off a return and the second set followed a similar pattern.

However, the match changed when Murray held on to his service game at last, finishing off with a deft flick over the net to make it 2-1 in the third set.

The Scot looked a different player from then on and smashed a volley to break Mike Bryan’s serve in the next game before another smash sealed the set 6-3.

The Britons had to battle to save some early service games in the fourth set but Murray’s positive serving forced the tiebreak and Inglot produced three emphatic volleys at the net to turn a 5-3 deficit into an set point.

That went begging and the home pair soon faced match point but Inglot’s powerful return proved too good for Bob Bryan and Murray secured two points in a row to force a decider.

The final set was evenly poised and Murray saved a break point at 7-7 with an ace, but the Bryans forced another one and this time the Scot volleyed into the net before the visitors finished the job.

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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