INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA 2012
Bryans Bounce Back With 54-Minute Win
by ATP Staff|
Second seeds and two-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan bounced back from last week's opening-round loss at the Mutua Madrid Open with a 6-3, 6-2 victory Wednesday over Santiago Gonzalez and Christopher Kas at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.
The American twins dropped just 10 points on their serves and converted four of 10 break point opportunities for victory in just 54 minutes on Court 1. They are now 24-9 lifetime at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
"We worked hard the past five days and played extremely well. We capitalised on our break points and served well. It was a good match."
In the quarter-finals, they will next meet either fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek or Lukasz Kubot and Janko Tipsarevic. Paes and Stepanek beat the Bryans in the Australian Open final in January.
"It was a very tough match," Lindstedt said. "They are a really good team, especially on clay. I thought I started pretty good, but I went down a bit and Horia picked it up. The second set, Horia was unbelievable and he won the match for us."
The pair has reached the final in two of their past three clay-court tournaments, including a runner-up effort last week in Madrid. "There is always a few things you have to work on," said the Swede. "I'm never happy with the way I play, but we started with a new coach, Ashley Fisher, in Bucharest. We won the title there and got to the Madrid final last week. We are winning a lot of matches, so we are happy with that, but we know we have to improve to win our first Grand Slam."