US OPEN 2012
Paes & Stepanek To Face Bryans In US Open Final
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek will play for their second Grand Slam title of the season after advancing to the US Open men's doubles final. The Australian Open champions were tied at 6-all in the first set with Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez when Lopez was forced to retire with a left calf injury.
India's Paes is chasing his eighth Grand Slam men's doubles title and third at the US Open. (He last triumphed in New York in 2009, with Lukas Dlouhy.) Stepanek seeks his second Grand Slam men's doubles title. He reached the US Open final in 2002 with fellow Czech Jiri Novak.
In the final, Paes and Stepanek will play Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who defeated Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-3, 6-4. Paes and Stepanek defeated the Bryan brothers in the Australian Open final in January.
The Bryans are bidding to win the US Open title for the fourth time after victories in 2005 (d. Bjorkman/Mirnyi), 2008 (d. Dlouhy/Paes) and 2010 (d. Bopanna/Qureshi). After runner-up finishes in Melbourne and at Roland Garros (l. to Mirnyi/Nestor), the 34 year olds are chasing their first major title since winning their 11th Grand Slam trophy at Wimbledon last year (d. Lindstedt/Tecau).
The Bryans are looking to keep their Grand Slam streak alive, having won at least one major title each year since 2005.