The Bryan brother put their career 14-2 Davis Cup doubles record on the line today in Birmingham, looking to break the 1-1 deadlock with Switzerland in the U.S.’s favor.
Bob and Mike Bryan will face Stan Wawrinka, who is coming off an upset of James Blake in singles yesterday, and Yves Allegro. Wawrinka is no stranger to doubles, last year capturing the Beijing Olympics gold medal with countryman Roger Federer, beating the Bryans en route.
“[It’s] a huge match for us,” U.S. Captain Patrick McEnroe said. “One-all in the doubles is an absolutely crucial match.”
McEnroe says the Bryan brothers have not only been the U.S.’s rock in terms of an almost-automatic doubles point, but they also provide some comedic relief.
“It’s always interesting with them around, I’ll tell you that,” McEnroe said, to laughter from the press corp. “Where they are, hilarity ensues most times, in a good way. I get a kick out of watching them practice. Even when they’re on the practice court, they start fighting with each other, I just think it’s hilarious. They always add a certain dynamic to the matches. On top of that, they’re the No. 1 team in the world. That’s always something that you want to have on your side.”
Allegro is 5-5 in career Davis Cup doubles matches, 0-2 with Wawrinka.
If the Bryan brothers prevail, Andy Roddick will have the opportunity to seal the tie for the U.S. in the first singles match on Sunday against Wawrinka.
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