2/2/13 12:38 AM | Ricky Dimon
The United States has a 2-0 advantage over Brazil after the first-day of Davis Cup action. John Isner takes care of Thiago Alves in straight sets after Sam Querrey's opening victory.
John Isner picked up his first win of the 2013 season by defeating Thiago Alves 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 in opening-round Davis Cup action. More importantly, Isner's victory put the United States ahead of Brazil 2-0 after the first day of play in Jacksonville, FL.
The 6'9'' American lost his Sydney opener (to countryman Ryan Harrison) and was then forced out of the Australian Open due to a knee injury. However, he wasted no time getting on track in what has become one of his favorite settings. Isner, who scored road wins in last year's team competition over Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, broke Alves right away for a 2-0 lead in the first set. The world No. 16 held the rest of the way without facing a break point.
An inspired Alves battled admirably in the second. He had constantly had his opponent on the ropes, holding most of his service games with ease while earning three break chances of his own. Two of those were set points in the 10th game, but Isner thwarted both with aces. Alves had an early 3-1 advantage in the ensuing tiebreaker only to see Isner get the mini-break back courtesy of a winning forehand volley. With momentum in hand, Isner secured another mini-break for 5-3 then delivered consecutive aces at 5-4 and 6-4.
It was all but over when the crowd favorite seized his second break of the day at 4-2 in the third. Alves managed a relatively meaningless hold at 2-5 before Isner finished the job with a love hold. That wrapped up the proceedings after one hour and 57 minutes.
"It's obviously the best part of my game," Isner said when asked how his serve bailed him out of a tight second set. "I rely on it a lot and I did so today.... This was my seventh (Davis Cup) match and my first one ever at home, so that's a bit abnormal. Instead of a nine-hour flight I drove three hours from home. It was absolutely perfect for me."
Following wins by Isner and Sam Querrey, Team USA can clinch victory on Saturday when Bob and Mike Bryan go up against a formidable Brazilian doubles team consisting of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.
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