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Bryans edge closer to finals rematch

Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate after defeating Michael Llodra and Aarnaud Clement in the third round.
by Ian Baker
Wednesday 4 July 2012

Wimbledon could see a repeat of last year’s Gentlemen's Doubles final after Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau and Bob and Mike Bryan both wrapped up victories to complete the quarter-final line-up.

After rain frustrated on Tuesday, the two pairs would be delighted to have completed their respective jobs.

American twins the Bryans suffered a slight wobble though. Going into the day two sets ahead against Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra, the Bryans dropped the third set 6-3 and then the fourth 6-4 before having the resolve to easily win the fifth 6-2.

It was a more straightforward passage for Lindstedt, of Sweden, and Romanian Tecau, who, after claiming the first set on Tuesday then won the second set 7-5 and the third one 7-4 on the tie-breaker. The pair, who also got to the final in 2010, will play Daniele Bracciali, of Italy, and Austria’s Julian Knowle, who had previously upset Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, the top seeds, in the second round.

Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner pretended they were John Isner on their way to an incredible final-set triumph over battling Russian-Ukrainian pair Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin.

The Austrian-German No.10 seeds eventually prevailed 16-14 in the final set after losing the fourth set 11-9 on a tie-breaker. Next up for Melzer and Petzschner, after their 4hr 15mins dogfight, will be Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.

There was no cheer for Lleyton Hewitt though as the 2002 Singles Champion, and partner Chris Guccione were beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 by Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram who will now take on the Bryan twins in an all-American quarter-final.


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