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Bryans Begin Rome Campaign

Rome, Italy

Bryans© ATPMike and Bob Bryan met sponsors after their second-round win Thursday.

Three-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan reached the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday in Rome with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over ‘Indo-Pak Express’ Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.

The Americans saw their 24-match winning streak come to an end Sunday in the Mutua Madrid Open final. They had won five titles in a row before defeat to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic.

The twins resume their quest for 100 team titles this week at the Foro Italico, where they triumphed for a third time last year with victory over Mahesh Bhupathi and Bopanna. While Mike has won 100 titles, as a team, the Bryans have won 98 trophies.

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The Bryans go on to face Tommy Haas and Radek Stepanek, who edged Australian Open champions Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt 6-2, 6-7(1), 11-9 in one hour and 45 minutes. It was Haas’ second win of the day, having earlier upset Stanislas Wawrinka in the singles third round.

Sixth seeds Nestor and Zimonjic advanced to the semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 victory over last year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco. The Canadian/Serbian duo are looking to win the Rome title for the second time, after victory in 2009 (d. Bryans), and lift their third ATP World Tour trophy of the season.

Robin Haase and Feliciano Lopez reached the quarter-finals with a 7-6(2), 6-2 win over eighth seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot.

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