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Bryans One Win Away From Major History

Doubles 2013

Bryans© Getty ImagesThe Bryans improved to 9-0 in semi-final matches at the Australian Open.

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are one match away from making Grand Slam history, after topping Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 on Thursday to reach their ninth Australian Open final, remaining undefeated in the semi-final stage at Melbourne Park.

“We're excited to be through to our ninth Aussie Open final in the last 10 years,” Bob Bryan told ATP WorldTour.com. “We love this city not only because of its beauty but because the fans here really appreciate the doubles matches. We're looking forward to Saturday's match and hope to put in a good performance.”

The Bryans are aiming to win their 13th major team title, which would set an all-time record. The American twins captured the US Open this past September to tie the mark set by Australians John Newcombe and Tony Roche. They have a 12-10 record in Grand Slam finals, with five of their triumphs coming in Melbourne.

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After dropping the second set, the Bryans upped their level to run away with the match, converting both of their break points in the deciding set. The Camarillo, Calif. natives prevailed in one hour and 36 minutes over the Italian duo. Bolelli and Fognini were contesting their second Grand Slam semi-final.

In the final, the Bryans will face Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling. The Dutchmen upset No. 3 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 7-5, 6-4, saving seven of the eight break points they faced.

Prior to this event, Haase had just two wins in Grand Slam doubles competition, while Sijsling lost in his only previous appearance. They have dropped just one set en route to the title match.

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