Both men’s doubles semi final matches were played at Wimbledon under sunny skies yesterday. In the first match, the number one seeded Bryans twins from America, Bob and Mike, took another step closer to their first Olympic gold medal, when they were victorious over the French team of Julian Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, who were not seeded in this tournament.
The final score was 6-4 6-4, achieved in under one hour, which underlines the Bryans’ fast play and their superiority in serving out matches. Both teams’ served the same number of aces and double faults and neither had any service winners, which are surprising stats for the Americans who are known for their fearsome service games.
In the second match on court, the second seeded French team of Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga took on the Spaniards, Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer. The Frenchmen prevailed in this fascinating and tightly fought contest, eventually winning 6-3 4-6 18-16 in three and a half hours. The French served 17 aces to the Spaniards’ 6 and had 77 outright winners against 48 for Lopez and Ferrer and these stats ultimately made the winning difference.
In a dream doubles final, the number one seeds will do combat against the number two seeds in the final, when the Bryan brothers take on Llodra and Tsonga in Sunday’s gold medal match.