I've never been one to write well about doubles matches, so I'm not going to try now. All I'll say is that the USA - Sweden tie featured great tennis on the lightning fast carpet, including a dramatic first-set tiebreak won by the USA 13-11. When three of the world's best doubles players are on the court, a high-quality battle is virtually guaranteed.
The Russia - Germany affair was tight but quite spotty. Hero of the day goes to Philipp Petzscnhner, the 262-ranked doubles player making his Davis Cup debut who ended up being the best player on the unsettled clay.
Both host nations are now down heading into tomorrow's reverse singles. If the USA and Germany hold onto their leads, we will travel to Germany in the winter for the final.
Go USA, Go Russia!
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