Videos: Two Davis Cup amuse-bouches
The Australian Open is in the rear-view mirror, and yet we were treated to another a loaded weekend of pro tennis. For starters, Canada upended Spain for a historic Davis Cup team victory. (Yea, Spain was without Nadal, Verdasco, Ferrer, F. Lopez, and more, but the Canucks were in great form, notably in Frank Dancevic's defeat of Marcel Granollers.) Aside from that, Team USA beat Brazil in a live fifth and final match, with Sam Querrey picking up the slack of John Isner and the Bryan brothers' surprising losses. About those twins, they fell in doubles on the heels of their record 13th Grand Slam doubles title in Melbourne, but this loss wasn't without some boisterous support from fankinds (and teammates/practice partners) Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock. See this clip:
That's some frenetic cheering from the American lads. Elsewhere, the Czech Republic took down the Swiss team led by Stanislas Wawrinka, who suffered another jarring defeat in the vein of his Aussie Open loss to Novak Djokovic. This time, Stan fell to twin towers Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol in doubles, in—if you truly haven't heard—a seven-hour match. It's the longest Davis Cup match ever, and the second longest match ever. (Thanks again, Isner.)
In any event—to be specific, in one of the live singles events—Wawrinka did take out Rosol. Even so, this foe—who we really last saw starring as Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon vanquisher—turned in a sterling shot in winking a cross-court 'tween-the-legs winner against Wawrinka. Watch it graze the sideline here:
Back to the Americans: Harrison and Sock's applause will be needed in the next round, as Team USA welcomes Team Serbia to (wait for it) Boise, Idaho. If Djokovic himself arrives, be ready for a popcorn tie.
—Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9)