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Tennis: Bryans keep US alive against Britain

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Bob and Mike Bryan kept America alive in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Great Britain on Saturday with a four-set doubles win over Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot.

With world number six Andy Murray -- originally slated for doubles duty -- taking the day off, the Bryan brothers defeated Fleming and Murray's replacement Inglot 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to pull the Americans within 1-2 in the best-of-five match tie.

Even if Murray had played, the Bryans would have been heavily favored. The twin brothers have won 15 men's doubles Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and three World Tour Finals crowns.

While they kept Great Britain from clinching victory, the visitors need only to win one of Sunday's two singles matches to advance.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Murray will get the first chance to close it out when he takes on leading American Sam Querrey.

James Ward, who won 10 of the last 11 games in a dramatic five-set fight-back over Querrey on Friday, is scheduled to take on Donald Young.

Young, playing in his first Davis Cup tie as a replacement for injured John Isner, was overwhelmed by Murray in straight sets on Friday.

Murray is still recovering from back surgery he underwent in September. Although he needed only 98 minutes to get past Young on Friday, British captain Leon Smith opted to rest him for the doubles and send him fresh into battle against Querrey.

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