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Bryans On Track For Ninth Melbourne Final

Doubles 2013

Bryans© Getty ImagesBob and Mike Bryan are aiming to reach their ninth Australian Open final.

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan reached the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Daniele Bracciali and Lukas Dlouhy. The Americans needed 67 minutes to prevail, converting all three of their break points and saving five of the six they faced.

The 34-year-old Bryans have reached the Australian Open final eight times and are bidding to win the title for the sixth time this year after victories in 2006-07 and 2009-11. Last season they were beaten in the final by Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek.

The Bryans are undefeated in 2013, having come into Melbourne on the back of success at the Apia International Sydney (d. Mirnyi/Tecau). 

In the semi-finals they will face Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, who reached their second major semi-final together with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. Bolelli and Fognini also reached the last four at the 2011 US Open (l. to Melzer/Petzschner).

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