JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Brazil's doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset the top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and kept the United States from clinching the first-round Davis Cup match.
The Bryan brothers have been the most successful doubles duo in Davis Cup history, with a record 20 wins and only two losses when playing together. But Melo and Soares beat the U.S. duo for the third time in four meetings overall.
"(The Brazilian team) came out with something to prove and played an extremely high level of doubles and made some great gets," U.S. team captain Jim Courier said. "I'm sure (our) guys can play at a higher level. I'm not sure that those guys can. To their credit, they played great today and they deserved to win."
The tone of the match may have been established in the first set when the Bryan brothers held a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker. They lost the next couple points but won the next point for a 6-3 lead and a triple-set advantage.
But they failed to convert on any of the next three chances as the Brazilians won five consecutive points for the set win.