Monday, November 10, 2014

Bryans upset in round-robin ATP Finals

   Eighth-seeded Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt stunned top seeds and three-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (3), 6-3 today in a round-robin opener at the Barclay's ATP World Tour Finals in London.
   Kubot and Lindstedt saved one set point at 5-6 on Kubot's serve in the first set of the tournament featuring the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams of the year.
   Three of the four players in the doubles match attended college in Northern California.
   The Bryan twins led Stanford to the 1997 and 1998 NCAA team titles in their two years on the Farm. Bob Bryan won a rare Triple Crown in 1998, also prevailing in singles and doubles (with Mike).
   Lindstedt, a 37-year-old Swede, played at Fresno State before transferring to Pepperdine and reaching the 1998 NCAA doubles final. In that match, Lindstedt and Kelly Gullett lost to none other than the Bryans.
   The 36-year-old Bryans have captured a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles, including this year's U.S. Open. They won the ATP World Tour Finals in 2003, 2004 and 2009 and were the runners-up in 2008 and last year (to Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco).
   Kubot, from Poland, and Lindstedt won the Australian Open in January for the first Grand Slam title for either player.

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