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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bryan brothers through to final

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Bob and Mike Bryan attack the net during their semi-final match against Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

Bob and Mike Bryan gained their revenge over Dick Norman and Wesley Moodie with a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 victory to move into the men's doubles final.

Just a few weeks ago, the men faced each other at the same stage of the draw in the French Open where the Bryans were knocked out of the tournament after holding three match points.

But the American top seeds emerged fresh and focused in the rematch against Belgium’s Norman, 38, and former Wimbledon men’s doubles champion Moodie, who won the title in 2005 partnering Stephen Huss.

The first set was a close affair and Moodie had the No.1 Court crowd in stitches after hitting a volley that landed in the throat of his racket, which he promptly threw over the net in a comedic act in the hope of winning the point. It didn't work.

The Bryans nudged deuces on their opponents' serve throughout the first set and their efforts looked as though they would pay off at 5-6 on Moodie’s serve. The Belgian/South African duo made a string of errors, including a double fault and long backhand, to gift the Bryans three set points. But the ninth seeds managed to hold and force an eventual tiebreak, which the brothers commanded early on. Quick hands and superb defending help them clinch the first set.

The second set went the same as the first. It ended on another tiebreak, again played superbly by the Americans who took it with the loss of only three points. In the third set, the top seeds once again held three match points on their opponents' serve. Astonishingly, Norman hit three aces in a row to save those. A fourth match point came and went. So did a fifth and sixth.

There was a sense of now or never but after two hours and three minutes the Bryans managed to convert on the seventh match point and reach the Wimbledon final. They will now compete for their eighth Grand Slam doubles title together.

Court 1 - Gentlemen's Doubles - Semifinals
Bob Bryan USA (1)/
Mike Bryan USA (1)
Wesley Moodie RSA (9)/
Dick Norman BEL (9)

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