The Bryan brothers entered day two carrying US hopes on their shoulders, and delivered. After dropping the first set in a tiebreak, Bob and Mike Bryan showed why they are the number one doubles team in the world with their impeccable net game and ability to capitalize on break points. They stayed on top for the next three sets, making the final score 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
In an after-match press conference, Bob talked about how the team fought back. “That’s when you’re happy it’s a three-out-of-five-set match,” he said. “You have a little bit more time to boogey-woogey. We knew we could settle down.”
The US now needs two wins on Sunday for a victory in this quarterfinal. “We’re on the scoreboard now,” Mike said. “The crowd was a huge factor. Hopefully they continue to bring the noise tomorrow. I like our chances. Mardy against Ferrer, he’s beaten him before. If it comes down to Andy, you know, there’s no better guy to have in that position than Andy Roddick in his hometown. I know the U.S. has never really come back from 2-zip, but I still think we have a good shot.”