March 20, 2009 - Bob Bryan
Hello Again Everybody,
Mike and I are on a roll after last night. We got past the Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in straight sets, but it wasn’t easy. We’ve played them lots of times and we know their game. They really bring the heat and they serve big. We just chipped away during the match and we were able to break it open in the tiebreaker.
The crowd was great last night. When we play in the States, the fans really carry us and support us especially here in a tournament like the BNP Paribas Open. If you’re here in Indian Wells, Mike and I hope you’ll come to our next match which is tonight (Friday) in the second match of the night session in the main Stadium.
Speaking of our next match, we play Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram in the semifinals. We expect an even tougher match against them.
They’re both tacitly
sound. They know doubles well and they’re both big servers. Max probably has the biggest serve in doubles. He’s a very good athlete and has a very good volley. Andy, who has a tough service return, won the doubles title here last year with Jonathan Erlich. He knows what it takes to win here.
Mike and I have played against Max many, many times. We’ve beaten him and he’s beaten us. We actually have some history with Max at this tournament. Back in 2002 Max played with Roger (Federer) and they took us out in the quarterfinals.
Last year, he played with Jamie Murray and we lost in the quarterfinals in a close match tie-break.
It’s time to go now. We’re going to try and get a short practice in.
Wish us luck and we hope you get a chance to come and watch our match.
Keep serve and volleying.