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Dimitrov Pulls Double Duty On Birthday; Bryans To Face Nestor/Zimonjic

Rome, Italy

Birthday boy Grigor Dimitrov had many reasons for celebration Friday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

After reaching the semi-finals for the first time at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament with victory over Tommy Haas, the 23-year-old Bulgarian teamed up with Czech Lukas Rosol for a comeback win in the doubles quarter-finals. The pair edged Marin Cilic and Santiago Gonzalez 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Dimitrov and Rosol, who faced off in the Bucharest final a couple weeks ago, are making their partnership debut this week. For a place in the final, they will face another new pairing, Robin Haase and Feliciano Lopez.

The Dutchman and Spaniard dismissed third seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 6-2 in 45 minutes, converting three of their four break point chances against the Monte-Carlo finalists.

Dimitrov will face the winner between Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the singles semi-finals Saturday evening before his doubles match. Nadal was the last player to double up at a Masters 1000 tournament, winning the singles and doubles title (w/Robredo) in 2008 at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 

Top seeds and defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan advanced to a semi-final meeting with No. 6 seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, who last week snapped their 24-match winning streak with triumph in the Mutua Madrid Open final.

The Bryans were to face Haas and Radek Stepanek in the quarter-finals, but the German retired from his singles match against Dimitrov with a right shoulder injury.

The American twins are looking to win the Rome title for a fourth time and also claim their 99th team title overall. 

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