SPORT

U.S. in lead

OSTRAVA (Czech Republic): Bob and Mike Bryan beat Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles tie to give the United States a 2-1 lead in its Davis Cup World Group first round tie against the Czech Republic here on Saturday.

The results: At Ostrava (Czech Republic): United States 2 Czech Republic 1 (Bob/ Mike Bryan bt Lukas Dlouhy/ Pavel Vizner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; James Blake lost to Tomas Berdych 1-6, 6-2, 5-7, 5-7).

At Liege (Belgium): Belgium 2 Australia 1 (Olivier Rochus/ Kristof Vliegen lost to Lleyton Hewitt/ Paul Hanley 2-6, 4-6, 2-6; Rochus bt Chris Guccione 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3).

At La Serena (Chile): Russia 2 Chile 1 (Igor Andreev/ Marat Safin lost to Nocolas Massu/ Fernando Gonzalez 6-7(3), 3-6, 4-6; Andreev bt Gonzalez 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2).

At Krefeld (Germany): Germany 2 Croatia 1 (Alexander Waske/ Michael Kohlmann bt Mario Ancic/ Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(5); Benjamin Becker lost to Ljubicic 7-6(4), 4-6, 2-6, 3-6).

At Clermont-Ferrand (France): France 2 Romania 1. (Arnaud Clement/ Michael Llodra lost to Florin Mergea/ Horia Tecau 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6(3), 9-11).

At Geneva: Switzerland 1 Spain 2 (Yves Allegro/ Marco Chiudinelli lost to Feliciano Lopez/ Fernando Verdasco 6-7(5), 7-6 (3), 7-6(2), 1-6, 10-12).

At Minsk: Sweden 2 Belarus 1 (Jonas Bjorkman/ Simon Aspelin lost to Max Mirnyi/ Vladimir Voltchkov 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6).

At Linz (Austria): Argentina 2 Austria 1 (Sebastian Prieto/ Jose Acasuso lost to Jurgen Melzer/ Julian Knowle 3-6, 7-6(2), 1-6, 5-7; Guillermo Canas bt Melzer 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-4). Agencies