Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bryans advance to semis in ATP World Tour Finals

   Top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan reached the doubles semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London, beating eighth-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 match tiebreaker on Saturday.
   The Bryans, 35-year-old identical twins and former Stanford stars, will face second-seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil today at 10 a.m. PST (live on Tennis Channel).
   In the first doubles semifinal at 4 a.m. (also live on Tennis Channel), third-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil will meet sixth-seeded David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
   The Bryans are 5-1 against Peya and Soares this year, winning 6-3, 6-3 in the Paris final last week and losing 7-6 (3), 6-7 (1), 13-11 match tiebreaker in the Valencia final two weeks ago.
   The Bryans already have clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fifth straight year and record ninth time overall. The natives of Camarillo in the Los Angeles area have won 11 titles this year -- including the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon -- to tie their career high.

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