Team Serbia upsets Bryan brothers, takes commanding Davis Cup lead

Team Serbia upsets Bryan brothers, takes commanding Davis Cup lead

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Serbia's Nenad Zimonjić and Ilija Bozoljac

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by Ryan Larrondo

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Posted on April 6, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 2:14 PM

BOISE--  Team Serbia accomplished the unthinkable on Saturday, defeating Team USA in five sets of the doubles match to take a commanding 2-1 match lead in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.  The reason it was unexpected, Team USA and the Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob, were 20-3 at the Davis Cup going into the match.  But Team Serbia, made up by Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac, was not intimidated, and came way with the win, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13.  

In a match that took over four hours to complete, Serbia got out to a hot start, stunning the Americans with tiebreaker wins in the first and second sets.  Their backs against the wall, the Bryan brother responded in the third set, breaking Serbia and then serving for the 7-5 win.  Set four was similar, with the Bryan brothers forcing a break and then picking up the win on their serve. 

Set five went back and forth, with both teams protecting their serves.  Finally with the set tied at 13-13, Team Serbia was able to break the serve of Mike Bryan, and take control of the set.  Up a game, Zimonjic served for the match win, but found himself in a hole down 15-40.  The seasoned veteran remained calm, and rallied off two straight service aces to tie the game up.  Zimonjic finished the match off a few serves later with another ace, and gave Team Serbia a commanding 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup over Team USA.  

Knowing that the Bryan brothers were the No. 1 doubles team in the world, Team Serbia relied on an onslaught of powerful service aces to complete the upset.  The Serbians scored 36 aces, including 18 in the final set.  The Americans countered with just 12 aces total.  

Team USA now trails in the contest, 2-1, and must win both singles matches on Sunday.  Sam Querrey will face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the early match, and John Isner will face Viktor Troicki in the final match.   

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