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Bryan brothers still on course for Grand Slam No.16

Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate after taking a point.
by William Denny
Monday 30 June 2014

Bob and Mike Bryan continued their pursuit of Grand Slam No.16 in a rain-interrupted Day at The Championships with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory against Roberto Bautista Agut and Igor Sijsling.

The brothers made light work of their unseeded opponents, wrapping up the match in one hour and 13 minutes. The top seeds, who made a slow start in their first round match, began strongly here as they raced into one-set lead in 23 minutes. Sets two and three came and went as the Americans dismantled their opponents with intelligent winners and precise net play. But there are still improvements to be made, with only four break points converted out of a possible 12, a luxury the 15-time Grand Slam champions can't against higher ranked opposition.

Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares overcame a hard-fought first set to win 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2 against Martin Klizan and Dominic Thiem in a match that was concluded after its suspension on Soaked Saturday. A tie-break may not have been necessary for the No.2 seeds had they converted more than one of nine break points. Sets two and three were far more routine for the former US Open finalists, setting up a Queen’s Club final rematch with Jamie Murray and John Peers in the third round.

No.12 seeds Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut dispatched Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen in straight sets on Court 8 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. The French pair struck 15 aces on their way to the third round where they will face No.6 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Meanwhile, former gentlemen’s’ singles champion Lleyton Hewitt and fellow Australian Chris Guccoine claimed the scalp of No.7 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt, winning, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

Julian Knowle and Marcelo Melo came through a tricky second set tie-break to beat Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Dmitry Tursunov 6-1, 7-6(9), 6-3 in one hour and 39 minutes on Court 10.

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