Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bryans advance to semis in ATP Finals

   Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States reached the semifinals of the Barclay's ATP World Tour Finals in London, edging third-seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) on Friday.
   The Bryans, 36-year-old identical twins and former NCAA doubles champions from Stanford, will meet fourth-seeded Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France today.
   Both teams won one Grand Slam men's doubles title this year, the Bryans at the U.S. Open and Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin at the French Open. Overall, the Bryans have won a record 16 majors and Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin one.
   In the other semifinal, seventh-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil will face eighth-seeded Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden.
   The Bryans seek their fourth ATP Finals title after winning in 2003, 2004 and 2009. They were the runners-up in 2008 to Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and last year to Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco.

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