BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The brother tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan, the French Open winners and
U.S. Open runner-ups, Saturday beat Dominik Hrbaty and Karol Beck, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).
The win gave the United States a 2-1 lead over Slovakia in their World Group qualifying tie at Bratisalva. The 25-year-old Bryans are the first set of brothers to win a doubles match for the U.S.
"I feel a tremendous sense of relief that these guys are on our team now," said team captain Patrick McEnroe. "They stepped up to the challenge."
On Sunday, the U.S. will try for advance in the reverse singles, With Andy Roddick facing Karol Kucera, and Mardy Fish meeting Hrbaty.
Roddick was upset by Hrbaty on Friday. The U.S. is forced to qualify for the 2004 World Group after losing to Croatia, 4-1, in the first round in February. The loser will be forced to re-qualify for the World Group in 2005.
In other playoff tie, Austria, the Czech Republic, Belarus, and Morocco have 2-1 leads over Belgium, Thailand, Germany, and England respectively, and in the semifinals, Spain leads Argentina, 2-1, and Australia has a similar advantage over Switzerland.