Bryans Lead U.S. to Davis Cup Win Over Spain

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

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.

— From News Ser­vices

BY MATTHEW STOCK­MAN — GETTY IMAGES

From left, James Blake, Mardy Fish, Mike Bryan, Andy Rod­dick and Bob Bryan took care of busi­ness.

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