Americans take charge at Davis Cup tie

Sept. 22, 2007 at 6:57 PM
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GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Bob and Mike Bryan beat Jonas Bjorkman and Simon Aspelin in three sets Saturday to give the United States a 2-1 lead over Sweden in its Davis Cup semifinal tie.

The event is being played at Gothenburg, Sweden.

A sellout and hostile crowd watched the Bryans hold steady after being stretched to tie-breaker in the first set.

The Bryans improved to 12-1 in Davis Cup play.

After a first set took 59 minutes, they needed just 68 minutes to win the match.

"I think that was our best Davis Cup match by far," said Mike Bryan. "We played two great sets so we're very happy."

Sweden needs to win both reverse singles matches Sunday to advance, when Andy Roddick faces Thomas Johansson, and if necessary, there will be a winner-take-all match between James Blake and Joachim Johansson.

Sweden is 3-1 against the U.S. at home, including a 5-0 victory in Gothenburg 10 years ago.

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