History happened in Melbourne today. Lleyton Hewitt came back from retirement to play his 42nd Davis Cup tie for Australia. However, a legend and a débutant were not enough to beat the champions. The Bryan brothers showed once again why they are the probably best doubles duo in history.
The twins managed to recover after losing the third and fourth sets and closed the match with a great demonstration of tennis in the fifth, defeating Hewitt and John Peers 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.
In Davis Cup, it is all about momentum
The Aussie Fanatics played their part during the match: “In the third and the fourth sets, they were amazing, they lifted the entire stadium up, they gave us additional strength and we were able to keep the momentum and improve our tennis. Unfortunately we couldn’t keep the pace in the fifth set”, mentioned Peers after the match.
For he Bryans, breaking in the second game of the decisive set was crucial. Mike highlighted that fact in the press conference: “The break was huge because we haven’t had any break for a long time. It is demoralising when you go for an hour or hour and a half without any break. When we broke the server we knew we could hold our serves and we lifted our game up. We gave everything we got. Yes, that break was huge.”
With this win, the United States took a 2-1 lead, and it will be up to John Isner to try and clinch the tie, on Sunday, against Bernard Tomic.