Bryans Lead U.S. to Davis Cup Win Over Spain
The United States made it to the Davis Cup semifinals yesterday with a win by the top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan.
The Bryan twins beat Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), on an indoor hard court in Winston-Salem, N.C., to give the United States an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five event, moving the Americans closer to their first Davis Cup title since 1995.
The United States will next play on Sept. 21-23 at Sweden, which clinched a win over Argentina. In other quarterfinals, Germany ousted Belgium 3-0, and Russia won its doubles to lead France, 2-1.
The Bryans improved to 11-1 in the Davis Cup before a crowd of more than 14,000. The twins have won 36 doubles titles and five Grand Slams. . . .
Greg Rusedski retired after a Davis Cup victory, ending a 16-year career in which he reached the U.S. Open final in 1997 and was once ranked No. 4. The 33-year-old left-hander won a doubles match to give Britain a 3-0 lead and a spot in the World Group playoffs. Rusedski won 15 singles titles on the ATP Tour, including the 1998 Paris Masters. . . .
Tatiana Golovin moved a step closer to her first WTA Tour singles title, beating Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in cold and windy conditions in the semifinals at the Bausch & Lomb in Amelia Island, Fla. Golovin, the eighth seed, will face top-seeded Nadia Petrova, a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 winner over Sybille Bammer. ...
Sixth-ranked Martina Hingis withdrew from the upcoming Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., because of a hip injury. K BOXING: Before 35,000 in Cardiff, Wales, Joe Calzaghe stopped Peter Manfredo (26-4) in the third round to retain his WBO super middleweight title and improve to 43-0. It was Calzaghe’s 20th successful defense since he won the title from Chris Eubank in 1997, equaling Bernard Hopkins and Larry Holmes and moving within five of Joe Louis’s record. K COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Kevin Durant of Texas won the John R. Wooden Award in a runaway to become the first freshman to receive the trophy.
Sophomore Candace Parker, who led Tennessee to its seventh NCAA championship, won the women’s Wooden Award. . . .
Dan Monson, 45, was hired as Long Beach State’s men’s coach. Monson, who quit as Minnesota’s coach in November, replaces Larry Reynolds, whose contract was not renewed. K AUTO RACING: In Gladville, Tenn., Carl Edwards raced to his second consecutive NASCAR Busch Series victory, easily winning the Pepsi 300 in chilly conditions last night at Nashville Superspeedway to extend his lead in the season standings.
The Nextel Cup driver led the final 25 laps and crossed the finish line 4.7 seconds ahead of David Reutimann. Dave Blaney rallied to finish third. K HOCKEY: Hayley Wickenheiser beat Jessie Vetter in a shootout, and Charline Labonte stopped all three shots she faced in the tiebreaker to give Canada a 5-4 victory over the United States in the women’s world hockey championships in front of 15,003 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The game was the opener in the three-team group winners round robin, with the top two teams reaching Tuesday night’s final. The United States will face Finland today, and Canada will play the Finns tomorrow.
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From left, James Blake, Mardy Fish, Mike Bryan, Andy Roddick and Bob Bryan took care of business.