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Björki
03-06-2006, 06:57 AM
Good luck to Bob & Mike :bounce:

(1) BRYAN, Bob (USA)/BRYAN, Mike (USA) vs. BHUPATHI, Mahesh (IND)/MOODIE, Wesley (RSA)
GONZALEZ, Fernando (CHI)/MASSU, Nicolas (CHI) vs. BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE)/LEVINSKY, Jaroslav (CZE)
GASQUET, Richard (FRA)/GROSJEAN, Sebastien (FRA) vs. ALLEGRO, Yves (SUI)/FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
NADAL, Rafael (ESP)/YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS) vs. (7) ERLICH, Jonathan (ISR)/RAM, Andy (ISR)

(4) HANLEY, Paul (AUS)/ULLYETT, Kevin (ZIM) vs. FYRSTENBERG, Mariusz (POL)/MATKOWSKI, Marcin (POL)
CALLERI, Agustin (ARG)/NALBANDIAN, David (ARG) vs. ASPELIN, Simon (SWE)/PERRY, Todd (AUS)
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri (FRA)/MONFILS, Gael (FRA) vs. KNOWLE, Julian (AUT)/MELZER, Jurgen (AUT)
ANCIC, Mario (CRO)/LJUBICIC, Ivan (CRO) vs. (8) CERMAK, Frantisek (CZE)/FRIEDL, Leos (CZE)

(5) DAMM, Martin (CZE)/PAES, Leander (IND) vs. GINEPRI, Robby (USA)/HAGGARD, Chris (RSA)
ANDREEV, Igor (RUS)/DAVYDENKO, Nikolay (RUS) vs. FERRER, David (ESP)/ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP)
SAFIN, Marat (RUS)/WAWRINKA, Stanislas (SUI) vs. (WC) GOLDSTEIN, Paul (USA)/THOMAS, Jim (USA)
SUK, Cyril (CZE)/VIZNER, Pavel (CZE) vs. (3) KNOWLES, Mark (BAH)/NESTOR, Daniel (CAN)

(6) SANTORO, Fabrice (FRA)/ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SCG) vs. LINDSTEDT, Robert (SWE)/NIEMINEN, Jarkko (FIN)
ETLIS, Gaston (ARG)/GAUDIO, Gaston (ARG) vs. HRBATY, Dominik (SVK)/STEPANEK, Radek (CZE)
(WC) GIMELSTOB, Justin (USA)/HUSS, Stephen (AUS) vs. BAGHDATIS, Marcos (CYP)/VOLANDRI, Filippo (ITA)
ACASUSO, Jose (ARG)/PRIETO, Sebastian (ARG) vs. (2) BJORKMAN, Jonas (SWE)/MIRNYI, Max (BLR)

Amber
03-12-2006, 04:48 PM
Bob and Mike got a REALLY tough quarter for Indian Wells. Their first round match is against Bhupathi/Moodie, a new pairing, but two tough players. They also have Erlich/Ram in their quarter and a possible second round match-up with Gonzalez/Massu, who they'll most likely play in Davis Cup in April. Should be a really exciting Masters Series....hopefully they'll cover some of the doubles on this new broadband site! We could get video clips! :) That would be awesome!

Deboogle!.
03-14-2006, 06:17 PM
The guys play today :banana:

Björki
03-14-2006, 06:21 PM
(7) ERLICH, Jonathan (ISR)/RAM, Andy (ISR) and
(4) HANLEY, Paul (AUS)/ULLYETT, Kevin (ZIM) are already out.

Mashik
03-14-2006, 06:30 PM
(7) ERLICH, Jonathan (ISR)/RAM, Andy (ISR) and
(4) HANLEY, Paul (AUS)/ULLYETT, Kevin (ZIM) are already out.
Yeah! Pretty strange... :shrug:

And good luck, Mike and Bob in todays match! :bigclap: :bigclap:
I won't sleep today.. Again.. As always :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
03-14-2006, 06:34 PM
Yeah :eek: Andyoni :sad:

Good for the twins I guess :)

They're so popular in SoCal, I heard a lady say that last year there was standing room only in the stadium they were playing. They're playing one of the 2nd-size stadiums and it fits maybe 3,000 or so people so it will be a nice supportive atmosphere for them :)

Deboogle!.
03-15-2006, 02:44 AM
The guys won 4-6 6-3 (10-4) They had a tough time early on and til they broke at 3-2 in the 2nd had barely won any receiving points :eek: They actually won one less point overall in the match but who cares :p

Good test for them early on I guess. Hope they will win more easily from now on ;)

Mashik
03-15-2006, 02:57 AM
Well done! :bigclap: :bigclap:
But only from their break! ;) First set was... :unsure: :bolt:

No Gonzalez/Massu in hthe next round, as I see... Is it good? :scratch:

Björki
03-15-2006, 06:18 AM
well done Bob & Mike :yeah:

Amber
03-15-2006, 11:50 AM
Way to go Bob and Mike! I knew this match up would be a tough first round, but they pulled it out! :) I'd much rather play Berdych/Levinsky on hard courts than Gonzalez/Massu. G/M are GREAT baseliners and hard courts are perfect for their game. They usually give Mike and Bob a pretty hard time, though we've beaten them a number of times since the Olympics.

Amber
03-15-2006, 11:52 AM
I do have to say, I LOVE watching Gonzalez/Massu play doubles. They're very entertaining! We watched them in Cinci against Bjorkman/Mirnyi and they were hilarious. I think they're great for doubles. :)

Tinne
03-15-2006, 04:04 PM
I do have to say, I LOVE watching Gonzalez/Massu play doubles. They're very entertaining! We watched them in Cinci against Bjorkman/Mirnyi and they were hilarious. I think they're great for doubles. :)

Oh my gosh yes! I remember that! First year I went to Cinci and the doubles had sucked all week... but this match was sooo funny! Highly entertaining!

snaillyyy
03-16-2006, 03:54 AM
:lol::worship: well done guys!! 61 60, definitely easier than yesterday:p

Deboogle!.
03-16-2006, 03:58 AM
37 minutes |: :eek:

Mashik
03-16-2006, 06:30 AM
Couldn't watch it, but very happy now!!! :)
Good luck, Mike and Bob, against frenchmen! :bigclap:

Deboogle!.
03-16-2006, 11:49 PM
6-3 6-2 in less than an hour :rocker2:

Onto the semis! :)

Björki
03-17-2006, 06:24 AM
:woohoo:

Mashik
03-17-2006, 08:23 AM
:bigclap: :bigclap: Good match! :bigclap: :bigclap:
A little bit worried in the 1st set, but the 2d was as it has to be ;)

Now good luck in the semis! :rocker:

Amber
03-17-2006, 12:26 PM
Great job Bob and Mike! They'll play Aspelin/Perry in the semifinals today. Bjorkman/Mirnyi and Knowles/Nestor are in the other semifinal. Good luck Mike and Bob! :D

Deboogle!.
03-18-2006, 03:11 AM
They won! into the finals!:D

Tough match, they saved all 6 BPs they faced (and actually probably more than that b/c the stats don't count the deuce deciding points)

They'll play Knowles/Nestor :)

Katdiva7
03-18-2006, 04:56 AM
Anyone know the likelihood of ESPN2 showing the doubles final is?

Deboogle!.
03-18-2006, 05:02 AM
Zero. they're not even showing one of the mens singles semis and the other is in the middle of the night tape-delayed. It's the weekend during March Madness. Tennis is bottom of the barrel, unfortunately :(

Katdiva7
03-18-2006, 05:10 AM
Do you know any place on the internet to see it? :) I love me some doubles tennis.

Deboogle!.
03-18-2006, 05:15 AM
There's a thread in GM about watching IW online... I followed the links in there and got the TVAnts software and it's pretty good... but I dunno if they'll show the doubles final or not :awww:

am&a
03-18-2006, 06:11 AM
goooooooo twinses!!!!!!!!!

Mashik
03-18-2006, 06:16 AM
Great win!!!!
Good luck in the finals!!!! :bigclap:

Björki
03-18-2006, 07:59 AM
Great win :yeah: win the final now. :bounce:

Deboogle!.
03-18-2006, 07:40 PM
audios!
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/en/players/audio/

Amber
03-19-2006, 12:10 AM
Only the "Mike Bryan II" is working right now. Don't know what's going on...

Deboogle!.
03-19-2006, 03:44 AM
They lost 4-6 4-6 :( They were up an early break in the first but lost it and couldn't really get anything after that. had lots of chances and deuce points on knowles/nestor's serve games in the 2nd and couldn't convert. :( They really wanted this one, too.

Ah well, onto miami!

Mashik
03-19-2006, 03:48 AM
Still can't believe it.... :crying2:
It wasn't their day or what?????? :sad:

Ok, hope, in Miami they will win ALL their matches ;)
Go, Bryans! :worship:

Björki
03-19-2006, 10:06 AM
its a pity they lost :(

Knowles/Nestor Win 15th ATP Masters Series Shield

Defending champions Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor clinched their 15th ATP Masters Series team shield with an explosive victory over top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the Pacific Life Open final Saturday. Knowles and Nestor fell behind 1-3 in the first set but soon after seized the momentum after wearing down the Bryans with blistering groundstrokes and quick hands at the net.

Nestor was in particularly hot form, serving up a storm and hitting several clean forehand return winners. Knowles/Nestor broke the strong serve of Bob Bryan on two consecutive occasions to set up their first-set win and then broke Mike Bryan to love in the first game of the second set. They twice faced decisive points at deuce on their serves in the second set but held firm to close out the match 6-4, 6-4.

Knowles and Nestor, who took out second seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi in the semfinals, were appearing in their third consecutive ATP Masters Series final. They claimed their fourth title in Indian Wells and their second title of 2006. They have reached finals in four of their past five tournaments.

Knowles said: "We're excited that we played a great tournament this week. We had a slow start to the year but we feel great about the way we're playing and hope to keep this momentum going."

Deboogle!.
03-26-2006, 03:38 PM
pic of the guys at a signing in miami.... they play their first match today!

surfpinky
03-26-2006, 08:44 PM
:hearts:

Deboogle!.
03-27-2006, 01:09 AM
they won 6-3 7-5 :banana:

Mashik
03-27-2006, 05:13 PM
I knew - I knew - I knew!!!!!
That's why I went to sleep before the match :p
Well done! :bigclap:
Now good luck in the next round! :rocker:

surfpinky
03-27-2006, 08:21 PM
:yippee:

Björki
03-28-2006, 06:56 AM
Grandstand: 11:00 AM Start

Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) [6] vs. Christophe Rochus (BEL)
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) [16] vs. Agustin Calleri (ARG)
David Ferrer (ESP) [11] vs. Olivier Rochus (BEL) [29]
Radek Stepanek (CZE) [15] vs. David Nalbandian (ARG) [3]
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) [1] vs. Sebastien Grosjean/Florent Serra (FRA)

lets go :bounce:

Amber
03-28-2006, 11:24 AM
Good luck Bob and Mike! :D

Mashik
03-28-2006, 09:41 PM
Good luck, Mike & Bob! :bounce:
But I'm going to sleep now... :zzz: It's almost 2 a.m... :rolleyes:
Hope, tomorrow morning I'll see "they won" words, as always ;) :lol:

Deboogle!.
03-29-2006, 12:41 AM
easy as pie for the guys 6-2 6-1 in about 45 min :) They'll play Haggard/Moodie in the QFs tomorrow :)

Mashik
03-29-2006, 07:27 AM
Well done, Mike and Bob! :bigclap:
And today I'll finally watch their match! :)

Mashik
03-30-2006, 02:17 AM
They won!!!!!!!!! :bigclap:
7:5, 7:5 :)

Erlich/Ram tomorrow... Good luck, twins! :yippee:

Deboogle!.
03-30-2006, 02:19 AM
:woohoo:

Erlich/Ram tomorrow. I like them too, I saw them beat the twins last summer in LA, they are very good, it'll be a tough match for the guys but hopefully they can pull it out :)

Mashik
03-30-2006, 02:47 AM
Hope, this time twins will beat them! ;)

Amber
03-30-2006, 03:27 AM
Very tough match tomorrow. The twins have a 4-3 career head to head against Erlich/Ram, so they're pretty close to even. They'll have to play their best to beat them, but we know they can do it! Go Mike and Bob! :D

Björki
03-30-2006, 05:35 AM
well done Bob & Mike :clap2:

Deboogle!.
03-30-2006, 05:02 PM
6-2 6-4 into the finals! :woohoo:

Dunno who they'll face yet as some other teams are yet to play their QF :eek:

Margy
03-30-2006, 05:39 PM
Way to go boys! Another final coming up! :bigclap: :bigclap:

Mashik
03-30-2006, 08:06 PM
Well done! :bounce:
I thought it'd be tough match with super tie-break, but they did better!
What a wonderful win for them!
Hope, this final will be better that the last one... :p

Amber
03-30-2006, 10:14 PM
Awesome job Bob and Mike!! They must have played amazing today! Good luck in the finals! Bring this one home! :D

Deboogle!.
03-31-2006, 04:14 AM
:eek: :D :banana:


BRYAN-BRYAN/Erlich-Ram
6-2, 6-4

An interview with:

BOB BRYAN and MIKE BRYAN

Q. There are not too many specialist doubles teams in Davis Cup teams, are there?

BOB BRYAN: No. I think that would have helped the doubles, you know, issues if there was more, you know, players playing like the Indians. If they played together, you could market that, and that would help our cause.

You know, Davis Cup is huge for us. It's a big match. I think doubles is the biggest in Davis Cup right now.

MIKE BRYAN: Yeah, they're a swing point.

Q. It's so crucial in so many ties.

BOB BRYAN: Yeah.

MIKE BRYAN: Yeah.

Q. I wanted to ask about today's match. Did you have to alter any kind of strategy? The serving was really, really top-notch.

MIKE BRYAN: Yeah, we served really well. Played them five times last year and lost to them twice. They were all big matches.

I think today we actually played, you know, a few hours ago, we finished last night. So we were a little scared coming out, if we'd be a little flat this morning. But we brought the energy. Maybe it was the microphones that did it. We were pretty positive. We knew we had to play our best stuff because those guys had beaten all the teams, beaten us a few times. I mean, we did a few things, changed up a few things from last year.

But just had to play good tennis. I think we won every 3-All point, too, though, which happens, every decisive point.

Q. I don't know if you are aware, they made history today. They were the first Israelis to get as far as the semifinal round of the NASDAQ.

BOB BRYAN: I mean, they're great players, they're going to have good careers. They both serve big, both nice guys. I think that's a top 8 team for the next five years for sure.

Q. One other comment. I wanted to find out about scheduling. I was watching you play and Erlich and Ram and the spectators. In this community, as you probably know, there is a large Jewish community. We have a lot of people that are waving the Israeli flag. I was really hoping, even though it was an 11 o'clock start, that we would see a lot more enthusiasm for both teams. Do you feel if this would have been a night match it would have brought more of a Davis Cup atmosphere?

MIKE BRYAN: They could play it on the outside courts at one. It's always tough at 11 in the morning; people wake up and they get breakfast. I mean, we played our final at the US Open at 11 o'clock in the morning. It was the same atmosphere.

BOB BRYAN: It was the same.

MIKE BRYAN: It seems like the people start coming in at like 11:45. By the second set, it's half full.

But, I mean, if you play, you know, Roger and someone out there at 11, I mean, it's not gonna be completely full, I don't think.

BOB BRYAN: It's just a tough time. It's the first match of the day. Someone's got to do it, and we're happy to do it. We're happy to get on Stadium Court.

Q. By the same take, doubles players are pretty used to sort of going on court at midnight, one o'clock in the morning?

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, yeah.

MIKE BRYAN: Yeah, we're used to playing on courts that don't have stands. I mean, we're pretty grateful to play on Stadium Court. I think the new rule changes really help. They have to play seven matches on Stadium a week, which is huge for exposure.

Q. Can you guys talk about the Travis Parrott incident in Indian Wells.

MIKE BRYAN: You mean where he came in, paid for his hotel, and didn't get in the tournament?

BOB BRYAN: That's maybe another little, little kink that could be addressed in the whole format. I mean, he showed up. He's got to think maybe he has a chance of getting in. He signs in, he's first out. Lot of singles players in. You know, singles players sometimes pull out.

So it's unfortunate. Maybe they can do the advanced entry system again where he will know if he's in or out, then he can buy his plane ticket.

I know that system was used a little bit last year. I'm sure Gayle Bradshaw, the ATP Doubles Commissioner, has listened to Travis and will make some changes there.

Q. How good a job is Gayle doing in your eyes?

BOB BRYAN: He's doing a great job. He's keeping in contact with all the players, you know, sending e-mails. We're sending Gayle where we're playing. You know, we let him know if we're going to play LA later in the year so he can tell the tournaments, help promote that, and get us on the billboards and in the programs. I know he's thinking about all these issues every day. The ATP is really listening to the players now.

Q. You never really had a point person like that before, did you?

MIKE BRYAN: No.

BOB BRYAN: No, and Etienne is great, too. There's an e-mail -- any player -- what's the e-mail, Talk to Etienne at ATP?

MIKE BRYAN: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

BOB BRYAN: There's a new e-mail you can send Etienne, he'll read it that day and he will write a response back to you. You know, it's great. You feel like you have a voice now.

Q. I wanted to also ask you about the new challenge, how it affects doubles now. With doubles, I talked to the Israelis, and basically Jonathan said Andy was the one that saw the ball that was called out. In doubles, do the two people on the team have to agree, or can one of you call for a challenge?

BOB BRYAN: I mean, I think you'll see more challenges being correct just because you got two minds. Like we're going to come together. If I see it one way and he agrees, then we're going to challenge. But we probably won't use one if we're split.

So that one at the end was incredible. It was millimeters, and that was actually a huge point because we were up 2-0 there and it would have been over for sure and then it got a little weird. The momentum switched.

So I think the challenge, if you're right, it can be kind of a -- screw with your head, screw with the opponent's head.

MIKE BRYAN: You see they won the challenge, then he hit the next shot and was like, "C'mon."

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, got fired up.

Q. Just one last thing. I have to write a piece for the Queen's tournament.

MIKE BRYAN: Yeah.

BOB BRYAN: We'll be there.

Q. You have good memories of that.

BOB BRYAN: We like playing there.

MIKE BRYAN: They do a good job with the doubles. They put the doubles in the program, they have feature match. Then they play doubles from first round on on Stadium Court. That's one of the tournaments that's kind of the model for doubles.

BOB BRYAN: That's the one we always said, "Why can't the other tournaments be like Queen's, be like Houston?" Those are the two tournaments we used as examples during the lawsuit, you know.

When doubles was struggling, the doubles at Queen's and Houston were flourishing. They put it on the program. They always have one or two matches on Stadium Court every day and great crowds. They write a little piece, you know, in the program like "These guys are doing this," "Look for this."

Q. What is the state of the lawsuit? Does it still exist?

MIKE BRYAN: It's dropped.

BOB BRYAN: No, we dropped it.

MIKE BRYAN: We dropped it. We're pretty much happy.

Q. You feel it had its purpose?

MIKE BRYAN: Definitely.

BOB BRYAN: I mean, everyone's seen a full turn by the ATP, by the players, you know. We're doing a better job. We're making more efforts on Kids' Days and doing more stuff for the tournaments. ATP is doing a better job of putting us on center courts and putting us out there in the programs, around the grounds. Fans are starting to see us more.

Q. Do you think the women should follow suit? In this tournament the spectators were confused during the doubles matches. They weren't sure if there was traditional rules in men's doubles.

MIKE BRYAN: I think they eventually should. I know they're probably going to change it all the way down the board, in college. They're going to change it back in USTA leagues.

But Grand Slams are going to stay the same. So, I mean, I don't want to say. I mean (smiling)...

BOB BRYAN: We like the format. I mean, all you have to do is go out there for an hour and give it, you know -- you don't have to worry about cramping, you don't have to worry about saving some. You just go out there, play hard for 55 minutes, an hour, and then you can go home.

Q. Is one of you going to play mixed doubles with Martina Navratilova?

MIKE BRYAN: Bob Bryan, yeah. She asked Bob the other day. They're gonna give it hell.

BOB BRYAN: You can't tell Martina no (smiling).

Q. Two lefties.

BOB BRYAN: We're going to give it --

Q. Which court?

BOB BRYAN: I'm going to play deuce, yeah. So we'll give it a shot.

Q. Who will you play with, Mike?

MIKE BRYAN: Corina Morariu. She's been my partner the last few times. She's good.

Q. Will you be together for the three Slams this year?

MIKE BRYAN: I think Martina, you committed to Martina for the last --

BOB BRYAN: We'll probably play French. Martina will probably dump me by Wimbledon (laughing).

MIKE BRYAN: She dumped me (laughing). She's gonna be good on the grass, though. You're gonna like playing with her. On the clay, it could be a little rough.

BOB BRYAN: I'm ready. Keep my hands out in front (smiling).

Q. A lot of people are asking Federer about the Grand Slam possibility all the time. Some people say, "Don't ask him, it's like spoiling a no-hitter for a pitcher." Do you think about a Grand Slam?

MIKE BRYAN: No, no.

BOB BRYAN: No, I think about it for Federer, though. I think he has a lot better chance than we have (smiling). His play is pretty ridiculous. It's gonna take great play by anyone to beat him.

But for us, I mean...

MIKE BRYAN: Doubles is a fine line. I mean, we could have lost last night to Haggard-Moodie. It comes down to a few points, a lot of stuff has to go your way, a lot of luck. There's two factors here; Bob could be playing terrible, I could play terrible, one of us could be sick, we could fight with each other.

But we'd love to get another one this year, maybe Wimbledon.

Q. What will the rules be at the majors? They won't use the ATP rules, or will they?

BOB BRYAN: They're gonna play the normal scoring. That's fine, you know. Grand Slams are pretty big. It's where you define your career. You want to play as much tennis as possible. You know, so we're looking forward to it.

Q. Next week you're facing Chile in the Davis Cup. What do you think about that match? They're tough. They won the Olympics with Massu and Gonzalez. What do you think about that match?

MIKE BRYAN: They're good.

BOB BRYAN: They're good.:haha:

MIKE BRYAN: They're good,:haha::haha: I mean, they beat us in the Olympics. We wanted a medal, and they took it away from us. They can play. Obviously, we like playing them on grass. They stay two back and it's hard to play baseline tennis on grass.

The doubles is gonna be huge 'cause, you know, Gonzalez made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year. He can beat anyone. So we're going to have to play well.

Q. Is your mother going to watch?

BOB BRYAN: She's allowed. My dad's not allowed within 300 miles (laughing). He gets too nervous. He's too jittery. :haha:

16681
03-31-2006, 05:14 AM
Now that was a long interview. Thanks for posting Deb :)
And Good Luck to the Bryans in the Miami Final ;)

Björki
03-31-2006, 05:26 AM
Great job twins :D Thanks for the interview Deb.

acoffeygirl
03-31-2006, 06:48 PM
Hmmmmmm....The boys are playing in a wheelchair exhibition doubles match. They are playing against each other. It is on Stadium court, not before 2:15.

Mashik
03-31-2006, 11:12 PM
The twins will play against Max/Jonas... :unsure:
I've been waiting for this final from the beginning of the season, but now I'm a little bit scared... :scared:
Good luck, boys!!!! :worship: Take it! :bounce:

Björki
04-01-2006, 07:25 AM
My two favourite teams play each other :eek:
Good luck to all of them :D

Golfnduck
04-01-2006, 02:54 PM
Win the title Bob and Mike!!! :bigclap:

Deboogle!.
04-01-2006, 08:30 PM
The guys lost 4-6 4-6 :( They had chances in both sets and were up 2*-0 in the 2nd and just couldn't pull it out.

Their record in masters finals is really bad.... 3-7 :(

acoffeygirl
04-01-2006, 08:37 PM
I just don't get it!??!?!? :(

Deboogle!.
04-01-2006, 08:50 PM
I dunno but their record in big tourneys, including slams, is 5-12 :eek: :(

snaillyyy
04-01-2006, 08:54 PM
:sad: poor guys.....I just dont get why they have such trouble in the finals:(

Mashik
04-01-2006, 08:57 PM
Awww.. :sad:
I don't undrstand, what's going on with them in the finals????? :confused:

Deboogle!.
04-01-2006, 11:49 PM
Here's their press conference from today
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BJORKMAN-MIRNYI/Bryan-Bryan
6-4, 6-4

An interview with:

BOB BRYAN and MIKE BRYAN

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Bob and Mike.

Q. You guys were 4-1 against them coming into today.

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, yeah.

Q. You were in the last two finals. What was different about today?

BOB BRYAN: We could have been 5-1 if we would have won a couple of those 3-All points. They played more clutch today. You know, we had chances. It's not like we got blown out, you know. We broke twice and had maybe five other breakpoints.

So it just -- they played clutch on the big points, and we didn't have the magic today:awww:. That was the bottom line. They deserved to win. They both returned well. You know, this might be the first time Mike's never held serve in a match:eek::eek::(. Maybe I wasn't helping him out as much as I could have. We were losing some -- one of those intangible points, those kind of flukey points. They were really lighting up on the returns.

But it's not like we feel like we got blown out in any way. It wasn't really 4 and 4.

Q. Any comments about next week, Davis Cup, how you're feeling?

MIKE BRYAN: We're looking forward to Davis Cup. You know, it's gonna be a good week. We're leaving tonight with the team, all taking a private jet.:D It's going to be a fun week.

You know, love hanging out with Andy and James. Doubles is gonna be key over there 'cause those guys, Gonzalez can play on the grass. So I think we're looking forward to it.

I don't think those two Chilean guys can play as good as these guys played today. Hopefully, we can keep up our good play.

Q. Andy said the other day that he's "jonesing" for the grass. Do you guys feel the same way right now? And how strange is it to go play on grass, you know, for a week, and then come back to clay?

BOB BRYAN: We're looking forward to it. It was our choice. We think we have the best chance to win on that surface.

I know Andy is looking forward to it. You know, he's had some -- a few rough weeks for his standards. But, you know, I think his serve is really going to be going through. He's going to be getting a lot of easy points on that grass.

We love the grass, too. We like to play aerial ball and take volleys out of the air, where the Chileans like to stay back on the baseline a little more and hit ground strokes. I don't think grass allows for that as much.

So, you know, we played pretty good this week, but we have a lot of stuff we want to improve on. I want to hit my return a lot better. It's going to be a good week of practice in Palm Springs.

You know, Dean Goldfine, Andy's ex-coach, is going to be out there working with us. He's real excited. He's been out here watching our matches all week.:D I'm sure he has a lot of ideas. He's been working hard, you know.

So we're looking forward to next week. It's gonna be a fun week.

Q. Any special feelings about revenge because of the Olympics?

BOB BRYAN: Revenge?

MIKE BRYAN: We already got --

Q. Sports revenge.

MIKE BRYAN: I mean, I think we already got our revenge. We beat them at the US Open, went on to win it. You know, they're a good team. They've beaten us, I think, maybe a few times, or once?

BOB BRYAN: Once.

MIKE BRYAN: Sorry. Once.

I mean, I don't think there's any revenge involved. It was a long time ago. It was two years ago. We're just looking to help out our country and win this match.

Q. It's gonna be different this time, Davis Cup, quarterfinals. What do you expect of them, especially on the team, the doubles match? I'm Chilean. That's why I ask.

MIKE BRYAN: We expect them to play well. You know, they're both big servers. You know, if you serve well on grass, you're tough, and I think at the Olympics they served 91%. So if they serve like that, it doesn't matter what surface they play us on.

You know, we hope to play well. I mean, we've had good results on grass. I think that's one of our favorite surfaces.

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, I mean, those guys both play well when, you know, they're playing for their country, like they played in the Olympics. They had the flag on their back and they both rose to the occasion. I'm sure they'll play with more energy and they'll step up in Davis Cup.

But we have to match that, you know. We have to match their energy and do what we do.

Q. Strengths and weakness of them?

BOB BRYAN: Strengths are they both have great first serves. Gonzalez has a huge forehand. Massu is really solid on both sides. They both fight really hard.

Q. Weaknesses?

BOB BRYAN: Hopefully, we can expose some of their net play out on the doubles court. I know they like to stay on the baseline, you know. Maybe we can expose their volleys 'cause we feel like we're the better volleying team.

cobalt60
04-02-2006, 12:15 AM
:( Oh well.

16681
04-02-2006, 01:51 AM
Thanks for the interview Deb ;) But I'm really sorry the Bryans lost :sad: They were playing some real good players
that's for sure. Better luck in DC and in future Touraments
for the Bryans :angel:

Golfnduck
04-02-2006, 04:59 AM
Bob and Mike :sad: I hope they play well at DC.

Mashik
04-02-2006, 09:46 AM
Thanks for the interview Deb! :)
Very informative, but I still can't understand what it was with them... :confused: :banghead: