DOUBLES PLAYERS SOAK IN ENERGETIC CROWD
Regardless of what side they were on, the announced crowd of 7,988 at Taco Bell Arena on Saturday had a lot to cheer for.
As the marathon 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 doubles match between the United States' Bob and Mike Bryan and Serbia's Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic rode its ups and downs, the tension created some high volumes whenever a point was scored.
"They brought the energy all day long," Bob Bryan said. "That's as vocal as we've seen a Davis Cup crowd in a long time. They were cheering on every point. Thanks to them. It was a fun match to play. Hate to be on the other side of it."
With a vocal group of Serbian fans that had grown from Friday, along with the home nation's larger fan base, both teams fed off the inspiration.
"We had great support here from Serbian fans, and it was an incredible atmosphere throughout the match," Zimonjic said. "It was a very fair crowd. I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did. And we certainly did."
The match provided some fodder for the record books:
The 76 games are the most in a U.S. Davis Cup doubles match since the tiebreak was introduced in 1989. The previous high was 56.
The 15-13 fifth set is the longest fifth set in U.S. Davis Cup doubles history, and the second-longest fifth set in any U.S. Davis Cup match. Andy Roddick lost 17-15 in the fifth to Russia's Dmitry Tursunov in 2006.
The 4-hour, 23-minute match is the second-longest doubles match in U.S. Davis Cup history since 1989. The longest? One minute longer - 4 hours, 24 minutes in 1991.
The U.S. had not lost back-to-back doubles matches in Davis Cup play since 2001 before Saturday.
NO RISK WITH MIKE'S WRIST
The Tennis Channel, during its broadcast Saturday, noted that Mike Bryan's wrist seemed to bother him in the fourth set. He acknowledged it did, but only temporarily.
"I felt it on a serve," he said. "It was kind of a fluke thing. It was only an issue for a couple of points, but it went away."
THEY'VE GOT NOVAK'S BACK
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 ranked singles player in the world, sat with his team for the entire match, not a common sight for singles players not competing that day.
"It was really an honor to play while the world No. 1, the greatest player, is watching you," Bozoljac said. "He was there basically the whole match, helping us with advice like what we should do on the returns, what we should do to keep the energy high."
A LONG BUSINESS TRIP
A half-dozen members of the Serbian media are in town covering the Davis Cup. After American reporters ask Serbian players questions during a press conference, the Serbians get their chance to ask questions in their native tongue.
Some of the Serbs covering the Davis Cup are based in the United States, but one said he came directly from Belgrade to Boise, laying over in Amsterdam and Minneapolis. He said the total travel time was 28 hours.