ATP World Tour Doubles 2011 - Week 40
Llodra-Zimonjic Edge Bryans; Murray Looking To Double Dip In Tokyo
by ATP Staff|
Third seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic reached their sixth ATP World Tour final of the season on Saturday as they defeated top seeds and two-time defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-3 in the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing.
The French-Serbian pairing won the latest instalment of their keenly contested rivalry with the Bryans in 83 minutes without breaking serve in the match. They also defeated the Bryan twins in the Rogers Cup final, but were beaten by the Americans in the Wimbledon semi-finals and the Mutua Madrid Open final.
Llodra and Zimonjic are bidding to win their third title of the season following victories at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic (d. Lindstedt-Tecau) in Washington and the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The two will square off against Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau in the final, after the two defeated Croatians Marin Cilic and Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-7(9), 10-6 to reach their seventh final of the season (2-4 record).
Lindstedt and Tecau saved all eight break points they faced and took command of the match tie-break to seal the win in one hour and 44 minutes. The Swede-Romanian pair is in prime position to qualify for their first Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, holding the sixth position in the 2011 ATP Doubles Team Rankings. A title victory over the No. 3 seeds would further cement their bid for the season-ending event at the O2 arena in London. Llodra and Zimonjic saved four match points en route to defeating Lindstedt and Tecau in a gripping final in Washington, the only meeting between the two teams.
At the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Andy Murray will contest both the singles and doubles finals after he and brother, Jamie Murray, defeated Robin Haase and Viktor Troicki 6-3, 1-6, 10-6. After being broken twice to lose the second set, the Murrays regrouped quickly to claim victory in the Match Tie-break in 62 minutes.
Murray had earlier dismissed David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the singles final at the ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament. He will attempt to become the first player to win both the singles and doubles titles at an ATP World Tour event this season.
The British pairing are bidding for their second ATP World Tour team title after victory at the Valencia Open 500 (d. Bhupathi-Mirnyi) last year. Jamie Murray is chasing his second title in three weeks after victory two weeks ago at the Moselle Open in Metz (w/ Sa).
In the final the Murrays will face fourth seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek, who edged Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 in 82 minutes. The Czech-Slovak tandem, who have an outside chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at 15th in the 2011 ATP Doubles Team Rankings, are through to their second straight ATP World Tour final. Last week they finished runners-up at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011 (l. to Butorac-Rojer).