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Bryan brothers on course for Grand Slam great

Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate with a chest bump.
by Helen Gilbert
Friday 28 June 2013

Bob and Mike Bryan’s quest to become the first doubles team to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time in the Open Era began in spectacular style on Friday with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 win over Andre Sa and Marcelo Demoliner.

The top seeds, who already own 14 Grand Slam titles and are the most successful doubles team of all time, produced an aggressive, solid game to see off the Brazilian duo in one hour and 23 minutes. Since winning gold in the men’s doubles at the 2012 London Olympics, the twins have enjoyed a stellar year lifting 11 titles including the 2012 US Open, 2013 Australian Open and 2013 Roland Garros titles.

Fresh off the back of a Queen’s victory, their sparkling form showed no sign of abating as they set about dismantling their South American opponents with agile net play and strong serving, which denied Sa and Demoliner the luxury of lengthy baseline rallies.

The brothers, who have been coached by David Macpherson since August 2005 and hold an incredible 90 titles together, made only four unforced errors during the match, winning a total of 95 points compared to the Brazilians’ 64.

A run to the finals here would mark their 24th Grand Slam appearance and see them fight for their third Wimbledon title but for now their eyes will be firmly fixed on their second round opponents, Spain’s David Marrero and Italy’s Andreas Seppi.

The fifth day also proved productive for a handful of other seeds. Radek Stepanek, who retired in the second round of the men’s singles against Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz due to a suspected left thigh problem, was back on court with partner Leander Paes. The No.4 seeds defeated Daniele Bracciali and Jonathan Erlich 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-4.

In the second round matches Robert Lindstedt, a Wimbledon men’s doubles runner-up for the last three years, teamed up with Daniel Nestor to upend Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 7-5, 6-3.

Meanwhile, No.12 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, dispatched Tomasz Bednarek and Mateusz Kowalczyk 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-4. 

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