Bryan Brothers Seek Third Title in Three Weeks at Toronto
Stanford ATP Doubles Rankings leaders, Bob and Mike Bryan of the U.S. beat Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Daniel Nestor of Canada 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-5 (Match Tie-break) in the semifinals of the Rogers ATP Masters Series event in Toronto Saturday.
The Bryans will shoot for their third title in as many weeks in the final Sunday against third seeds Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe. Hanley and Ullyett beat No. 7 seeds Martin Damm and Leander Paes 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 (Match Tie-break) in the semifinals.
The final will be a re-match of last week's final in Washington, won by the Bryans.
In their match against fourth-seeded Knowles and Nestor, the top-seeded Bryans won 77 points, compared to 71 for their opponents. The twins broke serve twice and were broken once themselves.
The twins captured the crowns at Los Angeles two weeks ago (d. Butorac-J. Murray) and Washington last week (d. Hanley-Ullyett). They also won titles this year at the Australian Open (d. Damm-Paes), Las Vegas (d. Levinksy-Lindstedt) and Wimbledon (d. Santoro-Zimonjic).
If the Bryans win Sunday, it will be their fourth straight crown, including Wimbledon. At this event, the Bryans won the title in 2002 (d. Knowles-Nestor). They have a stellar record of 53-9 this year.
Hanley and Ullyett have a record of 40-11 this year. They won titles at Rotterdam (d. Erlich-Ram), Dubai (d. Knowles-Nestor), Hamburg (d. Knowles and Nestor again) and London-Queen’s Club (d. Bjorkman-Mirnyi). Last week, they were runners-up at Washington, losing to the Bryan brothers.
Ullyett won this event last year with Wayne Black (d. Erlich-Ram).