Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bryans coast, Djokovic routed in ATP Finals

   There was no drama this time.
   After saving a match point in their opening victory over seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner, top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan dispatched sixth-seeded Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-1, 6-2 in 56 minutes Wednesday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
   The drubbing was a rematch of this year's Wimbledon final, won by the Bryan twins 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
   In singles Wednesday, fifth-seeded David Ferrer beat top-seeded Novak Djokovic by the surprisingly one-sided score of 6-3, 6-1. Djokovic, who committed 33 unforced errors, fell to 70-5 this year. 
   With one round-robin match left for all eight doubles teams, the former Stanford All-Americans lead Group A with a 2-0 record. Lindstedt-Tecau and fourth-seeded Mahesh Bhupathi-Leander Paes are 1-1, and Melzer-Petzschner are 0-2.
   Third-seeded Max Mirnyi-Daniel Nestor pace Group B at 2-0. Second-seeded Michael Llodra-Nenad Zimonjic and eighth-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg-Marcin Matkowski are 1-1, and fifth-seeded Rohan Bopanna-Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi are 0-2.
   The Bryans, seeking their fourth title in the ATP World Tour Finals, will meet Bhupathi and Paes on Friday at 10:15 a.m. PST (live on Tennis Channel). The top two teams in each group will advance to Saturday's semifinals.
   Ferrer clinched a berth in the singles semifinals with a 2-0 record in Group A. Djokovic and seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych are 1-1, and Janko Tipsarevic (replacing injured Andy Murray) is 0-1.
   Fourth-seeded Roger Federer, coming off a 6-3, 6-0 victory over second-seeded Rafael Nadal and eyeing a record sixth crown in the tournament, also has clinched a spot in the semifinals at 2-0 in Group B. Nadal and sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are 1-1, and eighth-seeded Mardy Fish is 0-2.
   Tennis Channel will continue its live coverage Thursday at 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. 

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