Monday, November 11, 2013

Bryans finally return to ATP doubles final

   Bob and Mike Bryan reached the doubles final in the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time in four years on Sunday.
   The top-seeded Bryans -- who won the title in 2003, 2004 and 2009 -- edged second-seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 match tiebreaker in Saturday's semifinals in London.
   The Bryans, 35-year-old identical twins, grew up in Camarillo in the Los Angeles area and won the 1998 NCAA doubles title while attending Stanford.
   They will seek their career-high 12th title of the year when they meet sixth-seeded David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco of Spain today at 10 a.m. PST (live on Tennis Channel). Marrero and Verdasco beat fourth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil 7-6 (10), 7-5.
   The Bryans are 3-0 lifetime, all on clay, against Marrero and Verdasco. The ATP World Tour Finals are on an indoor hardcourt.
   In today's singles final, top-ranked Rafael Nadal will meet second seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic at noon PST (live on ESPN2). Nadal topped sixth-seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3, and Djokovic dispatched seventh-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-3.
   Surprisingly, Nadal has never won the ATP World Tour Finals. He will make his second appearance in the final after losing to Federer 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in 2010.

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