US OPEN 2013
Bryans Move One Step Closer; Peya/Soares Reach QFs
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
In a dramatic first-set tie-break, the Bryans saved a set point against serve at 5/6 after a 21-shot rally at close quarters. Soon after, a Fleming double fault handed the brothers their sixth set point, which they closed out on Bob's serve.
After winning the tie-break, the Bryans broke serve in the seventh game of the second set and served it out.
The pair has won the London 2012 Olympics gold medal and the past four major titles. If they clinch the US Open for the fifth time, they will replicate the feat of Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman, who won the 1951 doubles Grand Slam.
It's the second-best performance at a major for the Austrian/Brazilian team, who reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros. Peya/Soares will next face Jamie Murray and John Peers for a place in the final four.
Fifth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer also advanced into the final eight, with a 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-3 win over Yen-Hsun Lu and Divij Sharan. The duo will battle against fourth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the quarter-finals.
Third-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez fell to Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot 7-6(2), 6-0. The 16th seeds saved all six break points and ended the match with an ace off Inglot's racket.