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Davis Cup and Doubles: The Best Saturday in Tennis

April 7, 2012

I don’t know if it’s been stated here at The Doubles Alley, but Tennis Talk, Anyone? readers (hopefully) know this after nearly five years of running that blog:

I love Davis Cup. As in, it’s my favorite sporting event in all of sports.

It’s like the Olympics four times a year featuring my favorite sport: How can I not love it?

And with all the drama that middle day, aka “doubles day,” brings, how can you not, too?

Look at what happened today: Bob and Mike Bryan, who thrive when it’s their time to play, put the U.S. in a good position to win the tie against France and stake their team to a 2-1 lead.

Austria, which got dominated by defending champ Spain on the opening day, saw Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez to give the team a glimmer of hope heading into the reverse singles.

Davis Cup stalwarts Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Ilia Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic in straight sets to put the Czech Republic 2-1 up over Serbia.

And you can’t forget about the marathon of the day: David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank of Argentina beating Croatians Ivo Karlovic and Marin Cilic 8-6 in the fifth.

And that’s just World Group results!

If you don’t feel passionate about Davis Cup, do yourself a favor and catch that middle day when it’s all about the dubs, where aspirations are all on the line. That should change your mind.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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