THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Bryans Scrape Into SFs; Lindstedt/Tecau To Play Melzer/Petzschner In Repeat Of 2010 Final
by ATP Staff|
Second seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan maintained their quest for a third Wimbledon doubles title on Thursday with a 5-7, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram in two hours and 46 minutes on Court One.
At 4-4 in the fifth set, Lipsky and Ram fell behind at 0/40. Ram put away two smashes to reduce the deficit to 30/40, but Lipsky double-faulted to hand the decisive break to the Bryans, who won 105 of their 139 service points.
The Swedish-Romanian team defeated Italian Daniele Bracciali and Julian Knowle of Austria 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes on Thursday. Lindstedt and Tecau won 40 of their 43 first service points, hitting 19 aces and 23 winners. They did not face a break point.
In the semi-finals, the duo will play 10th seeds and 2010 champions Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner, who defeated No. 15 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and eight minutes. Melzer and Petzschner converted five of their 13 break point opportunities.