Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bryans drop opener in ATP World Tour Finals

  Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, debuting in the ATP World Tour Finals, edged top-ranked and three-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan 3-6, 6-3 (10-8 match tiebreaker) in round-robin play today in London.
   Dodig and Melo, who trailed 4-0 in the match tiebreaker, defeated the Bryans for the second time in four weeks. Dodig, a 28-year-old Croat, and Melo, a 30-year-old Brazilian, also won in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters en route to the title.
   This was the teams' second meeting in London this year. The Bryans, 35-year-old identical twins and former Stanford All-Americans, triumphed in four sets in the Wimbledon final in July.
   The Bryans, who grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Camarillo, next will face Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands on Thursday.
   Qureshi and Rojer lost to the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski on Monday.  

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