THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Marray/Nielsen Stun Bryans In SFs; Lindstedt/Tecau Back In Final
by ATP Staff|
Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen knocked out second seeds and defending Wimbledon champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-4, 7-6(9), 6-7(4), 7-6(5) to become the first men's wild card pair to reach the doubles final of The Championships in tournament history on Friday.
Through confident serving, Marray and Nielsen saved all eight break points they faced. Despite letting a 5-1 lead slip in the fourth set tie-break, Marray and Nielsen held their nerve to win the final two points, as Nielsen closed out the upset with a volley winner after getting involved in a rally with Mike Bryan at the net. The American twins won five more total points in the two-hour-and-34-minute contest.
“They've won all these tournaments many times over. To actually beat them in our first semi-final at Wimbledon is a pretty big thing,” said Marray. We're more than happy with it, how we played today.
“I'm just delighted to get a chance to play on Centre Court and share it with Freddy. We've been friends for a long time. To do this together, it's been great.”
Marray is the first British man to appear in the final at the All England Club since 1960, when the all-British duo of Mike Davies and Bobby Wilson finished as the runners-up. Nielsen is the grandson of 1953 and 1955 singles finalist Kurt Nielsen.
“I was raised in a tennis fanatic house, especially with my granddad, and Wimbledon was always the thing. It was Wimbledon and everything else,” Nielsen said.
“I've been here many times as a kid and was able to suck in the atmosphere. My biggest dream in tennis was just to be able to play on Centre Court. I have to admit that over the years I was thinking whether or not it was actually going to happen because I don't get any younger. So to be able to get that chance in a Wimbledon final, yeah, it's too good to be true.”
Both Marray and Nielsen will contest their first tour-level final against fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau. The Swedish/Romanian tandem advanced to their third consecutive final at SW19 after avenging their 2010 final defeat to Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3.
Lindstedt and Tecau converted four of their 10 break point chances and won 74 per cent of their service points to claim victory in two hours and 36 minutes.
Riding a nine-match win streak after triumphing in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Lindstedt and Tecau will look to reverse their outcome in Saturday’s final against Marray and Nielsen, having lost all six sets in their previous two title match appearances at Wimbledon. Since joining forces in 2010, Lindstedt and Tecau have captured eight trophies, all at ATP World Tour 250 events.
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