Brazilian tennis fans traded in their samba drums for loud plastic trumpets which blared like quiz-show buzzers for every American mistake, of which there were many, in their Davis Cup match Saturday at Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.
Playing in 100-degree heat, the Brazilian doubles team of Gustavo Kuerten and Jaime Oncins beat Richey Reneberg and Alex O’Brien 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 in a 2-hour, 14-minute match.
The victory enabled Brazil to stave off elimination in the best-of-5 World Group series.
The Americans lead 2-1, with the final two singles matches to be played today.
At Sydney, Australia, Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge downed Guy Forget and Guillaume Raoux 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-3, giving Australia an insurmountable 3-0 lead over defending champion France.
At Linz, Austria, Chanda Rubin of Lafayette, La., upset top-seeded Jana Novotna 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 and advanced to the finals of the Austrian Open against second-seeded Karina Habsudova.
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