Bryans, Klaasen/Venus Move Into Auckland Semi-finals
10 January 2019 12:00
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan continued their pursuit of a 117th team crown on Thursday by reaching the ASB Classic semi-finals.
The second-seeded Americans, contesting their first tournament together for eight months, knocked out Austin Krajicek and Artem Sitak 7-6(2), 2-6, 10-2 in 87 minutes. The Bryans led 4/1 in the first set tie-break, but needed to save one set point at 5/6.
It was their third match together since Bob Bryan sustained a right hip injury on 13 May 2018 in the Mutua Madrid Open final.
They will next challenge third seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus, who recovered from a slow start to overcome Guido Pella and Joao Sousa 7-5, 6-3 in the quarter-finals.
Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff edged past last week’s Brisbane International champions Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in 88 minutes to set up a semi-final against top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.
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