Bryan’s return helps keep U.S. alive in Davis Cup semifinal
ZADAR, CROATIA » 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.