Monday, September 4, 2017

Bryans advance to U.S. Open quarterfinals

   Fifth-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan beat ninth-seeded Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 today to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   Marach and Pavic advanced to the Wimbledon final in July, falling 13-11 in the fifth set to Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil. Marach and Pavic were playing in their first Grand Slam title match.
   The 39-year-old Bryans (Stanford, 1997-98) will meet unseeded Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who defeated young Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
   The Bryans will try to avenge a 7-6 (4), 4-6 [10-6] loss to Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin on grass in the Queen's Club quarterfinals in London in June.
   The Bryans grew up in Camarillo in the Los Angeles area and now live in Florida. They own a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles crowns, including five in the U.S. Open, but are trying to end a three-year title drought in majors.
   Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin won the 2014 French Open and were the runners-up to countrymen Pierre Hugues-Herbert and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon last year.
   In the first round of boys doubles today, fifth-seeded Sebastian Baez of Argentina and Thiago Seyboth Wild of Brazil nipped Americans Danny Thomas and Sam Riffice, a Sacramento native now based in Orlando, Fla., 1-6, 7-6 (6) [11-9].

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