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Davis Cup 2013 results, first round: Bryan brothers lose to Brazilian pair

The USA can advance to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup with a win from John Isner on Sunday.

Sam Greenwood

Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States lost in a five-set match to Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares of Brazil on Saturday in day two of 2013 Davis Cup play, but the USA still leads Brazil 2-1 for a chance to advance to face Serbia in April.

The Bryan brothers bounced back from a tiebreaker loss in the first set with a tiebreaker win in the second. They again fell behind the Brazilian team after losing the third set 6-4, but tied the match up at two sets each with a 6-3 win in the fourth. However, in a fifth set Melo and Soares were able to win 6-3 and earn the match victory.

The focus for the United States will now turn to John Isner who will face Thomaz Bellucci at noon on Sunday in a singles match. If Isner can win, the United States will win their matchup against Brazil, but if Bellucci is able to earn the victory then the pairing will be decided by a Sunday match between Sam Querrey and Thiago Alves.

Serbia advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory against Belgium. If the USA were to advance they would face Serbia in the first week of April and try to advance to the semifinals which would be played in September 2013.