Bryan Bros reach Olympics semis, will face Benneteau/Gasquet next

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A day after the unseeded Israeli team of Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich overcame the reigning Olympic champions, Roger Federer and Stanislaw Wawrinka of Switzerland in three sets, they were back on court to take on the ATP’s number one ranked pair from America, the Bryan twins, Bob and Mike. This match went to the wire in both sets, as there were no breaks of serve in either set, with the Americans winning both tie breaks, 7-5 and 12-10. The Israeli duo had two set points for the first set on the Americans’ serve at 6-5 – 40-15 and 40-30 – but they faltered, allowing the Bryans to pull level and eventually force a tiebreak. The second set followed the same pattern, with a nail biting ‘breaker’ at the end, which ended when Erlich double faulted on match point down.

The number three seeded team of Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic representing Serbia then took on the unseeded Frenchmen, Julian Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, with the French team ousting the Serbians in straight sets, 6-4 7-6 in just eighty minutes on court. In both sets, Benneteau and Gasquet won the majority of outright winner, unforced error, forehand, backhand and volley points, while the Serbians had the edge on aces and break points. The first set was over in just half an hour, while the second set had to be decided in a tiebreak. The French pair kept their composure and didn’t allow their opponents back into the match, setting up a semifinal encounter against the Bryan Brothers.

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