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Bryans Reach Fifth Sydney Final

Doubles 2012

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan reached the Apia International Sydney final for the fifth time on Friday as they defeated British pairing Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 6-4, 6-2. The American twins converted four of their 11 break point chances and won 77 per cent of points on first serve to clinch victory in 63 minutes.

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The 33-year-old twins won the Sydney title in 2009 (d. Nestor-Zimonjic) and finished runners-up in 2004 (l. to Bjorkman-Woodbridge), 2008 (l. to Gasquet-Tsonga) and 2011 (l. to Dlouhy-Hanley). They are bidding to win their 76th tour-level team title this week.

In the final they will face Australian-Finnish duo Matthew Ebden and Jarkko Nieminen, who ousted Australians Colin Ebelthite and Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 7-6(4) in 66 minutes. Nieminen had earlier booked his place in the singles final, and will bid for his third ATP World Tour doubles title.

At the Heineken Open in Auckland, third seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek reached the final with a hard-fought 7-6(3), 5-7, 10-7 victory over second seeds Eric Butorac and Bruno Soares. They will face top seeds Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya, who overcame New Zealand wild cards Daniel King-Turner and Michael Venus 6-2, 6-2.

Earlier in the day, King Turner and Venus had upset fourth seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Christopher Kas 7-5, 7-6(5) to reach the semi-finals in their first ATP World Tour event together.

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