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Bryans Close On Fourth Canada Title

ATP World Tour 2011 Season: Week 32

Llodra, Zimonjic© Getty ImagesMichael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic will look to upset defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the final.

World No. 1 duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan advanced to their ninth tour-level final of the season on Saturday in Montreal as they dismissed Tomas Berdych and Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup.

The Americans broke serve four times from five opportunities and won 78 per cent of points on serve as they raced to victory in 43 minutes. The twins, who clinched their 700th team win in their opening match, are bidding for their seventh title of the season after victories at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Houston, Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Queen’s.

"As long as we're playing, we're just trying to get the best out of each other," said the Bryans. "We're not going to ever try to let our level drop. We're trying to improve. We have a coach, we work hard every day trying to patch up the holes. We still think we're getting better, which is good.

"The number one goal for each year is to finish No. 1. In order to do that you have to win slams and you have to be consistent and do well at the big tournaments." 

The 33-year-old Bryans will contest the final of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the fifth time and are looking to retain the title after victory last year over Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra in the final. They also won the trophy in 2006 (d. Hanley-Ullyett) and 2002 (d. Knowles-Nestor) and finished runners-up in 2008 (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic).

In Sunday's final, the Bryans will face Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic, after the fourth seeds defeated No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 25 minutes.

The French-Serbian tandem won 81 per cent of their service points, and broke the Roland Garros champions once in each set to improve to a 2-1 record this season against the Belarusian-Canadian duo. Llodra and Zimonjic won the first meeting in the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open, and Mirnyi-Nestor avenged the loss by taking their semi-final encounter in Paris.

Llodra and Zimonjic have now won 11 of 12 matches, including their past seven in a row, after winning their first team title at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic (d. Lindstedt-Tecau) last week in Washington D.C. "We've had great success, starting in Washington," Zimonjic told ATPWorldTour.com. "To be honest, we didn't expect much because we didn't come to the tournament 100 per cent. Winning the tournament was incredible. I can say we are playing better and better every match and today was exactly one of those matches where we played better, so we're looking forward to tomorrow's match against the Bryans."

Their lone loss during the hot streak came to the Bryans at Wimbledon. Llodra and Zimonjic led the American twins 4-1 in the fifth set before falling 9-7 in a thrilling semi-final battle at the All England Club. The Bryans went on to claim their 11th Grand Slam title and second overall at The Championships. The World No. 1 doubles pair also topped Llodra and Zimonjic in the Madrid final in straight sets.

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