TENNIS NEWS FROM LONDON – SOMEHOW THE BRYAN TWINS WIN! AND CLINCH A LONDON SEMIFINAL SPOT IN A STUNNING, HARD-TO-BELIEVE FASHION

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Editors Note : Yes, We Know that’s “poor” English for America and the Kings English. But we are still in a state of SHOCK! Sorry Jamie and John that’s not an Isner / Mahut Match but one that no one will ever forget none the less.

 

Bryans Win, Clinch London Semifinal Spot In Stunning, Hard-to-Believe Fashion By Ricky Dimon

 

Anyone who was at the O2 on Thursday night may not see a doubles match quite like that ever again.

 

In a do-or-die situation for both teams in terms of their semifinal fate in London, Bob and Mike Bryan outlasted Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 16-14.

 

But the incredibly close scoreline hardly tells the full story. The Bryan Brothers comeback from a set down and from trailing 5-3 in the second-set tiebreaker was only the beginning. They also fell behind 7-2 and 9-5 in the decisive 10-point match tiebreaker.

 

That’s when things got truly crazy. The Americans saved the first match point on their own serve before taking each of the two when Peers toed the line. That put the pressure on Peers’ return game at 9-8. A strong return gave the Aussie a perfect look at an easy forehand right on top of the net, but he inexplicably sailed it long. Before it was over, the Bryans fought off five match points in total while the Murray-Peers duo also saved four.

 

It finally came to a fitting conclusion when Peers, whose chances to finish the match were far too many to name without writing an entire book, shanked a forehand return with his opponents serving at 15-14.

 

But aside from their patented on-court chest bump, the Bryan Brothers did not celebrate. They couldn’t, they said. “We were in shock,” Bob explained.

 

“It was over,” Mike added, referring to their deficit in the super-tiebreaker. “We’ve never come back from 9-5.”

 

The brothers also said it was the longest best-of-three match in their entire careers, as it lasted one hour and 54 minutes. Only the two singles matches that have gone to three sets this week at the World Tour Finals have required more time to be completed.

 

Speaking of time, it could be a while before Peers gets over this one.

 

“Definitely not the way to end (our partnership),” said Peers, who will play with Henri Kontinen in 2016 as Murray teams up alongside Bruno Soares. “We wish each other the best. Unfortunately didn’t turn out the way we wanted (it) to at the end of this tournament.

 

“I hit a great return,” he said of the 9-8 point. “The ball actually came shorter than I expected. I thought it was going to come a bit deeper. Didn’t quite get over the top of the ball, unfortunately. Then it sailed long. Probably should have put one back through him, but that’s tennis.”

 

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand.

 

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