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Bryans Close On Third Monte-Carlo Crown

Doubles 2012

Bryans© Getty ImagesBob and Mike Bryan are bidding to win the Monte-Carlo title for the third time.

World No. 1 doubles pairing Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan advanced to the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters for the fifth time on Saturday as they defeated Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-4, 7-6(5).

The Americans squandered four match points in the 12th game of the second set, but dominated the ensuing tie-break to clinch victory in one hour and 36 minutes. They are bidding to win the title at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament for the third time, following victories in 2007 (d. Benneteau/Gasquet) and 2011 (d. Chela/Soares).

The 33-year-old Bryans are chasing their second ATP World Tour title of the season, having opened with victory at the Apia International Sydney (d. Ebden/Nieminen). They were also runners-up at the Australian Open, falling to Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, whom they defeated in the quarter-finals this week.

In Sunday’s final, the Bryans will aim to capture their 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 team title when they face second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, who battled past third seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 in 80 minutes. The Belarusian-Canadian duo are looking to win their third ATP World Tour team title of the season after victories in Brisbane (d. Melzer/Petzschner) and Memphis (d. Dodig/Melo).

The 34-year-old Mirnyi is a two-time winner of the Monte-Carlo crown, lifting the trophy in 2003 with Mahesh Bhupathi and in 2006 with Jonas Bjorkman. Nestor, 39, won back-to-back titles in 2009-2010 with former partner Zimonjic.

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