Re: The "THESE Americans can play on it!" Clay Season thread! (First up: Houston)
Bryans Begin Quest to Beat Houston Hoodoo
Stanford ATP Doubles Race leaders Bob and Mike Bryan breezed into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Thomas Blake and Paul Goldstein.
The Bryans improved to an impressive 24-3 on the season. They have reached the semifinals or better in every event they have played this season and in their past two tournaments reached back-to-back ATP Masters Series finals in Miami and Indian Wells.
But despite winning back-to-back Tennis Masters Cup titles in Houston, the Westside Tennis Club has not been a happy hunting ground in their three appearances there in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. The Bryans come into this year's tournament with a modest 2-3 record in the event in Houston, although they did reach the final of the event when it was held in Orlando in 1999.
The Bryans are chasing their third title of the year following victories at the Australian Open and in Las Vegas.
Bryans || Djokovic || Paire || Chiudinelli || Nalbandian || Hanley || Rojer || Nadal
Söderling || Verdasco || Wawrinka || Simon || O. Rochus || Leo Mayer
Björkman || Arthurs || Edberg || Rafter || T.Johansson || M.Norman || Aspelin