JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Brazil's doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset the top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and kept the United States from clinching the first-round Davis Cup match.
It was only the third time the Bryan brothers had dropped a Davis Cup match. It was just the second time that they had dropped a five-set match in ATP competition. Their only other five-set defeat was in a 1999 match at Wimbledon.
The United States has a 2-1 advantage heading into Sunday's reverse singles.
CZECH REPUBLIC 2, SWITZERLAND 1
GENEVA (AP) — In the longest match in Davis Cup history, the Czech Republic beat Switzerland in a doubles epic lasting seven hours.
Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol eventually clinched on their 13th match point to edge Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 24-22.
The defending champion Czechs took a 2-1 lead on Chiudinelli's double-fault.
The previous longest Davis Cup match was 6 hours, 22 minutes for John McEnroe's victory for the United States against Sweden's Mats Wilander in 1982.
Berdych and Wawrinka are due back on court Sunday to begin the reverse singles.
CANADA 2, SPAIN 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez helped Spain staved off Davis Cup elimination with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 win over Canada's Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.
Canada is attempting to advance to the second round of Davis Cup World Group play for the first time. The Spaniards, who are missing their top stars to injury and rest, trail the best-of-five series 2-1.
David Ferrer, ranked fourth in the world, Rafael Nadal (fifth), Nicolas Almagro (11th) and Fernando Verdasco (24th) stayed home. While Nadal and Almagro are out with injuries, Ferrer and Verdasco chose to rest.
ARGENTINA 3, GERMANY 0
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina reached the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the 12th straight time after David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos defeated Germany's Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke in doubles.