US OPEN 2012
Bryans Rally For 3rd RD Win
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Three-time former US Open champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan were two points from defeat, but a clutch ‘tweener from Bob inspired the Americans to a 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky on Monday in New York.
The ‘tweener and subsequent forehand winner saw the Bryans go up 6-5 in the second-set tie-break and a lob winner from Bob Bryan on the next point levelled the match for the Americans. They capitalised on their momentum to go up a break in the fourth game of the final set and went onto claim victory in just under two hours.
The 34-year-old Bryans came into Flushing Meadows in a rich vein of form, winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics (d. Llodra/Tsonga) before winning the title at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (d. Granollers/Lopez). They are bidding for their first Grand Slam title of the season, having finished runners-up at the Australian Open (l. to Paes/Stepanek) and Roland Garros (l. to Mirnyi/Nestor).
For a place in the semi-finals, the Bryans will square off against Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, who upset 12th seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-6(2), 6-3. Benneteau and Mahut saved seven of the eight break points they faced to move through in one hour and 42 minutes.
No. 15 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares rallied from a set down to defeat Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3) in two hours and 23 minutes. The Austrian/Brazilian pairing are playing together for the third time after making their debut with a runner-up showing at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad (l. to Lindstedt/Tecau) earlier in the summer.
Granollers and Lopez have won two clay-court titles this season, capturing their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Rome (d. Kubot/Tipsarevic) and triumphing at the ATP World Tour 250 event in Gstaad (d. Farah/Giraldo). Granollers reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows two years ago with countryman Tommy Robredo.