AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Bryans Upset In Third Round
by ATP Staff|
Since a third-round loss in 2003, the Bryans had reached the Australian Open final nine times out of 10 years - the lone exception a quarter-final result in 2008 - and won six titles, in 2006-07, ’09-11 and ’13.
This marked the first time since the 2011 US Open that the 35-year-old American twins failed to reach semi-finals or better at a major. Last year, the Bryans finished two wins short of completing the calendar year Grand Slam. They won the first three majors before falling in the US Open semi-finals.
Butorac and Klaasen are making their team’s Grand Slam debut and began the fortnight by beating Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter. The American-South African duo first teamed up last September at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, and won the title.
Kubot and Lindstedt, who are playing their third tour-level event together, next face the Belarusian-Russian pairing of Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny. Mirnyi and Youzhny beat 11th-seeded Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.