Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bryans rally to stay alive in ATP Finals

   Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan twice were in serious danger today of early elimination from the Barclay's ATP World Tour Finals in London.
   But the 36-year-old identical twins and former Stanford All-Americans showed the mental toughness that has helped carry them to a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles.
   The Bryans pulled out a 6-7 (4), 6-3 [10-6] round-robin victory over fifth-seeded Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania.
   The Bryans trailed 3-1 in the second set and 4-0 in the match tiebreaker. But they improved to 4-0 against Rojer and Tecau, who have won eight titles in their first season as a team.
   Now 1-1 in the tournament, the Bryans will play their last round-robin match on Friday against third-seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil.
   The Bryans are trying to win the season-ending tournament for the fourth time and earn their 10th title of the year.

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