US OPEN 2014
Bryans On Track For 100th Title; Pospisil/Sock Ousted
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan moved to within three victories of their 100th team title on Monday at the US Open as they advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyczek.
The Americans are on a seven-match winning streak, having come into Flushing Meadows on the back of victory at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati (d. Pospisil/Sock). They are looking to reach the 100 titles milestone by triumphing at the US Open for the fifth time, following victories in 2005, '08, '10 and '12. It would be their 16th Grand Slam championship.
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They will next face seventh-seeded Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, who cruised past ninth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-2 in 63 minutes. Marrero and Verdasco upset the Bryans in the championship match last year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, but have lost their three meetings this season.
Second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares closed on a second successive final appearance at the US Open as they dismissed Mikhail Kukushkin and Michael Venus 6-3, 6-4. The Austrian/Brazilian duo finished runners-up at Flushing Meadows last year (l. to Paes/Stepanek). They reached two finals over the summer, lifting the trophy at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (d. Dodig/Melo) and finishing runners-up in Hamburg (l. to Draganja/Mergea).
There was disappointment for Wimbledon champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock. Argentines Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer ousted the Canadian/American pairing 6-2, 6-2. Pospisil and Sock are hoping to join the Bryans at the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and are currently sixth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. Berlocq and Mayer had won just two matches together this season coming into the US Open, but bested Pospisil and Sock in 66 minutes.
Defending champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were also upset, falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to 11th seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. The Spaniards, finalists at Roland Garros (l. to Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin), are bidding to win their first Grand Slam championship.