Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bryans cruise into title match of ATP Finals

   Bob and Mike Bryan will play for their fourth ATP World Tour Finals title.
   The top seeds and former Stanford stars overwhelmed fourth-seeded Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-0, 6-3 in 53 minutes today in London. The Bryans improved to 4-0 against the Frenchmen.
   The 36-year-old Bryan twins will meet seventh-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil today for the title.
   Dodig and Melo, the only team in the ATP World Tour Finals not to have won a title this year, edged eighth-seeded Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden 4-6, 6-4 [10-6].
   The finalists have met once this year. The Bryans prevailed 6-3, 3-6 [10-8] on clay in Monte Carlo in April for one of their nine titles this year.
   The Bryans also beat Dodig and Melo 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in 2013 for the last of their three Wimbledon crowns.
  The Bryans won the ATP Finals 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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