ROGERS CUP 2012
Bryans Qualify For London; Save 1 M.P. In Toronto Final
by ATP Staff|
Second seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan became the second team to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after winning their fourth Rogers Cup title on Sunday. The American twins saved a match point against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez to win their 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown 6-1, 4-6, 12-10 in Toronto.
“That's a big goal for all the teams when they start the year to make it to the O2. It’s an incredible venue,” said Bob Bryan. “It’s a great stage for the doubles, probably the biggest stage of the year, and to qualify means a lot to us.”
The Bryans have won nine straight matches, following victory at the London 2012 Olympics where they completed a career Golden Slam. The two also lifted trophies at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Sydney and Nice.
“It came down to the wire there at the end. We were down match point; could have gone either way,” said Mike Bryan. “Maybe we're still riding high from the Olympics and we feel good. We always play better when we're happy. Right now we feel like even though it gets sticky and tough, we've been winning all the big points for the last couple weeks; we did the same today.”
Needing to pull double duty after rain postponed the semi-finals on Saturday, the Bryans first defeated No. 5 seeds Jurgen Melzer and Leander Paes to move through to the final, winning 87 per cent of their service points to wrap up victory in just 49 minutes.
In the final, the Bryans relinquished a set-and-a-break lead and a 7-4 advantage in the Match Tie-break to Granollers and Lopez. The Spaniards held match point at 9-8 and saved one of their own at 9-10 before losing the final two points.
“We had to switch up our strategy a little bit towards the end, but I thought we played a pretty good match,” Bob Bryan said. “We had the momentum big time at the beginning of the match. Could have been a 40 minute match but they got back in it. You've got to give them a lot of credit for fighting and making that such an entertaining match.”
Granollers and Lopez were bidding to win their second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season, having triumphed in Rome (d. Kubot/Tipsarevic). Earlier, they edged fourth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 7-6(10), 7-5 in one hour and 54 minutes.
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