By Bronwen Largier
The Bryan brothers will join Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the final of the men’s doubles after downing fourth seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes in straight sets in their semifinal clash on Day 11 of Australian Open 2009.
The Bryan brothers displayed fine form on court, completing their match in 54 minutes to advance to Saturday’s final, 6-3 6-3.
Bob Bryan, the stronger server of the brothers, served a perfect game to open the match, holding serve without dropping a point – in fact, his opponents managed to return just one of his serves successfully.
The brothers followed it up with a break of serve in the second game, and the match suddenly looked as if it could be extremely short.
However as the Dlouhy/Paes combination hit winner after winner with Mike Bryan serving in the third game, the fourth seeds broke back, Paes sealing the break with a cross-court forehand winner.
But another break by the Bryan duo in the sixth game to lead the match 4-2 allows the American brothers to take the first set, with the remaining games going on serve.
The Bryan pair opened their campaign for the second set well, breaking in the first game after a lack of communication between their opponents saw a ball that was easily reachable for both going untouched.
The second set continued on serve until Dlouhy was serving, down 4-2. A wild shot at the net by the Czech gave the Bryans their fourth break and left them serving for the set at 5-2.
A late surge by their opponents saw them break Mike Bryan in the following game to narrow the gap to 5-3.
In the next game, when Dlouhy attempted to pick up a shot at the net but failed, the Bryans earned their first match point, which was all they needed to take their place in their fifth Australian Open doubles final.
Their opponents in the final, Knowles and Bhupathi spent just four more minutes on court this morning to defeat the unseeded pair of Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach 6-3 6-1.
The winning pair made easy work of their opponents, breaking at every opportunity bar one and not conceding a single break point opportunity to Kubot/Marach.
With just one game even getting to deuce, the Knowles/Bhupathi combination took their chances early in each set, breaking their opponent’s opening serve on both occasions. Two more breaks in the second set allowed them to close it out quicker than the first and take the first final berth.
The Bryans said they were hoping to take their revenge in Saturday’s final after falling to Knowles/Bhupathi in the quarterfinals here last year. They said they were very familiar with the game of both players and were looking forward to getting some rest before the final after playing their quarterfinal and semifinal on consecutive days.
The men’s doubles final will take place after the women’s singles final on Saturday evening.