MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS 2014
Bryans 19 Not Out, Into Semis
by ATP Staff|
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan claimed their 19th win in a row Friday as they defeated Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
The Americans dismissed their French opponents in just 44 minutes, breaking serve four times and winning 72 per cent of their service points.
The 35-year-old twins came into Monte-Carlo on the back of four successive tournament victories in Delray Beach (d. Cermak/Elgin), Indian Wells (d. Peya/Soares), Miami (d. Cabal/Farah) and Houston (d. Marrero/Verdasco). They are looking to win this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament for the fourth time, having finished runners-up last year (l. to Benneteau/Zimonjic).
In the semi-finals, the Bryans will face Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic after the fifth seeds defeated Monegasque wild cards Romain Arneodo and Benjamin Balleret 6-4, 6-3 in 64 minutes.
Nestor and Zimonjic defeated the Bryans in the 2009 Monte-Carlo final and are looking to win their second ATP World Tour title since reforming at the start of the season. They triumphed in Sydney (d. Bopanna/Qureshi) and reached the final in Dubai (l. to Bopanna/Qureshi).
Third seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo edged Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 7-6(4), 7-5 to reach their second semi-final of the season. The Croatian/Brazilian duo, who were semi-finalists on their debut at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals last year, go on to face Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny, who upset second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 7-6(5), 3-6, 11-9.