Bryan’s re­turn helps keep U.S. alive in Davis Cup semi­fi­nal

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Dou­bles spe­cial­ist Mike Bryan’s de­ci­sion to come out of Davis Cup re­tire­ment gave the United States a much-needed lift.

Bryan teamed with Ryan Har­ri­son for the first time and helped the Amer­i­cans out­last Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 7-5, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over nearly five hours to cut Croa­tia’s lead to 2-1 in their semi­fi­nal on Satur­day.

“It’s great to win one for the coun­try — 7-6 in the fifth, on the road and on dirt — this is right up there and I will never for­get this one,” Bryan said.

At 4 hours, 43 min­utes, it was the long­est Davis Cup match of Bryan’s ca­reer.

“This is re­ally why I came over and got back in Davis Cup,” the 40-yearold Bryan said. “I’m thrilled to give the U.S. one point. We did our job and now we’re hop­ing to give the team some mo­men­tum into to­mor­row.”

In Sun­day’s re­verse sin­gles, six­thranked Marin Cilic faces Steve John­son, and Borna Coric meets Davis Cup rookie Frances Ti­afoe.

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