US OPEN 2014
Bryans One Win Away From 100th Title, Face Spaniards In Final
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are one win away from capturing a historic 100th team title after reaching the US Open final. In an all-American semi-final clash, the top-seeded Bryans edged Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday at Flushing Meadows.
In the final, the Bryans will be playing for their 16th Grand Slam championship and fifth at the US Open, adding to victories in 2005, '08, '10 and '12. They have won at least one major title in each of the past nine seasons and are looking to extend that streak.
In the hard-fought semi-final win, the Bryans benefitted from a Lipsky double fault to break midway through the deciding set. Mike Bryan then served out victory in one hour and 55 minutes. They had also battled through their quarter-final in three sets, getting the better of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco on that occasion.
The Bryans will contest their second Grand Slam final of the season after claiming their 50th win of the year (50-10 record). They lost out to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the Wimbledon title match, but have been victorious in six finals, including at four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo and Cincinnati.
In the final, the Bryans will face 11th seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who dismissed fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes. The Spaniards saved six of the seven break points they faced as they advanced to their second Grand Slam final of the season.
Granollers and Lopez will attempt to win their first major title, after finishing runners-up in the Roland Garros final (l. to Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin). Their biggest triumph to date came at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where they defeated the Bryans en route to the title.
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